Same-sex marriage ban upheld in Puerto Rico

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Puerto Rico bucked the trend towards marriage equality, upholding a ban on same-sex marriage.

The commonwealth romantically defined marriage in a 1999 law as a “civil contract whereby a man and woman mutually agree to become husband and wife.”

“Because no right to same-gender marriage emanates from the Constitution, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico should not be compelled to recognize such unions,” U.S. District Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez wrote in his opinion, which will now move to a federal appeals court.

Adding his own two cents, Perez-Giminez concluded: “Traditional marriage is the fundamental unit of the political order. And ultimately the very survival of the political order depends upon the procreative potential embodied in traditional marriage.” He referenced the usual concerns cited by opponents of same-sex marriage: “Are laws barring polygamy, or, say the marriage of fathers and daughters, now of doubtful validity?”
 Source: Washington Post
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