The Supreme Tribunal bought the right wing arguments that children are not only best placed with an opposite sex couple, but they are the only acceptable people to adopt children. The decision prevents family law judges from exercising expert discretion for placing children who have no parents at all, and leaves them at the mercy of shelters, the foster care system, or even the streets.
Puerto Rico Supreme Court Upholds Gay Adoption Ban
There are no statistics published on the numbers of homeless children in Puerto Rico, but the Puerto Rico Department of Education has 4700 homeless youth enrolled in Puerto Rican schools. The law that was just upheld will prevent any of them from going to the home of a gay couple.
Puerto Rico's supreme court moves against other high courts in more conservative states. Two years ago, for example, the Supreme Court of Arkansas struck down Act 1 that prohibited unmarried cohabiting couples from adopting children. In 2010, a Florida circuit court also struck down the state's universal adoption ban by gays and lesbians.
Puerto Rico is of course a Caribbean island with a fervent religious right community. A San Juan protest against same sex marriage drew 200,000 on Monday.