• Source: Wikimedia
  • UPDATING: Federal Judge Rules Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Does Not Apply to Puerto Rico

    Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Is Valid and Law of the Land in U.S. Territory

    In a stunning decision a federal judge has ruled that the Supreme Court's decision almost a year ago that found same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry does not automatically apply in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

    The decision affects nearly 3.5 million people in the commonwealth.

    "Because Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory, the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex couples’ marriage rights does not automatically apply there, U.S. District Court Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez ruled in a 10-page decision," Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed just reported.

    UPDATE I: 7:37 PM EST –
    Geidner points to this key portion of Judge Pérez-Giménez's ruling, noting that Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory and not an "incorporated territory surely destined for statehood."

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    • commented 2016-03-11 08:13:50 -0500
      Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez might want to re-read the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s Section 7:
      No person in Puerto Rico shall be denied the equal protection of the laws.

    • commented 2016-03-10 10:07:16 -0500

    • commented 2016-03-10 09:13:45 -0500
      uh-huuh….Dear Puerto Rico : you got two choices, either a you are part of the United States and do what the federal government tells you to do or b you become an independent nation and try being on your own. good luck with that because you owe the U.S. an awful lot of money and you have very little to bargain with. Either way, this hijo-de-puta judge needs to get a re-education of separation of church and state or get shit canned. YOUR CHOICE.

    • commented 2016-03-10 07:32:11 -0500
      I guess that means no federals or constitutional laws apply. Can’t wait to see how long that holds up. lol

    • commented 2016-03-09 16:54:42 -0500
      So.. they have to follow all other rulings from the SCOTUS but just not this one?! Oh goodie we get to pick and choose which laws we want to abide…that’s news..

    • commented 2016-03-09 13:05:25 -0500
      I call BS…the same Constitution that makes them pay federal taxes and the fact that all Puerto Ricans are US citizens..yes, it does include Puerto Rico.

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