Lambda Legal has joined a federal lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico on behalf of five same-sex couples and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s challenging Puerto Rico’s discriminatory marriage ban. Here are their stories.
Yesterday, the Puerto Rico Senate confirmed attorney Maite Oronoz Rodríguez as an Associate Justice to the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, marking the first time that an openly lesbian judicial nominee is confirmed to the Commonwealth’s highest court.
Lambda Legal sent Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla a letter urging him to take certain considerations into account when nominating a new justice to the Puerto Rico Supreme Court or making any other judicial nominations.
Controversy accompanies prosecutions under hate crime laws, and perhaps that’s inevitable; the pattern of discrimination that shows people have been targeted based upon their personal traits springs from prejudices we have not conquered.