Lambda Legal filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit asking the court to make clear that last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which granted same-sex couples the right to marry, applies to Puerto Rico and to order the district court to enter judgment in favor of the plaintiffs.
On this 52nd anniversary of Gideon, Lambda Legal recognizes the enormous contributions of public defenders and applauds the U.S. Department of Justice for its letter to state and local courts condemning the illegal enforcement of fines and fees in certain jurisdictions.
This blog post was authored by guest writer Juan Carlos Vega, president and founding member—along with Sophia Isabel Marrero Cruz and other wonder women— of the Citizens Alliance Pro LGBTTA Health of Puerto Rico (where ‘A’ stands for Allies). He currently serves as Policy Manager for LGBT HealthLink, a Program of CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers.
President Obama today nominated Merrick Garland, Chief Judge of the D.C. Circuit, to the U.S. Supreme Court. We call upon members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to fulfill their constitutional duty and ensure Judge Garland is given a complete and timely review.