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Big Step Forward: Puerto Rico will no longer defend marriage discrimination
By Lily Hiott-Millis
Mar 20, 2015
The Puerto Rican government announced that it would no longer defend the territory’s ban on marriage between same-sex couples. The announcement was made today at a press conference given by Puerto Rico’s Secretary of Justice, César Miranda.
The announcement was in reference to the case Conde Vidal v. Rius Armendariz, which was filed by a same-sex couple seeking respect for their marriage in Puerto Rico. The couple married in Massachusetts in 2004, but their marriage is not respected in Puerto Rico. On October 21, U.S. District Court Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez broke from the nearly 50 judges in states across the country who have ruled in favor of the freedom to marry this year by dismissing this case. The case is now before the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Puerto Rican government’s announcement further indicates the growing support for the freedom to marry across the country, and the necessity for a national resolution from the United States Supreme Court this summer that brings the freedom to marry to the country as a whole.
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