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  1. #1
    JockBoy87
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    To the Right of Arkansas: Puerto Rico Court Upholds Adoption Ban

    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.

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    GiancarloC
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    Re: To the Right of Arkansas: Puerto Rico Court Upholds Adoption Ban

    Puerto Rico's political scene is ridiculous. One of their family values republicans got caught with a profile on a gay dating website... politicians are major hypocrites. Puerto Rico has a major gay community (I know I've been there several times)... so I would have expected better. But I guess the change in hearts that has filtered in other Latin American countries (or in this case a commonwealth) hasn't been evident in Puerto Rico. What a ridiculous shitty law that has no basis.

    Oh and this decision cost the government potentially more... and their entire financial system is teetering... right wing politics dominates Puerto Rico... their equivalent of the republican party is a big force. Luckily it's starting to diminish. The prior governor of the Island... Luis Fortuno... nothing more than a republican. Now they have a new left leaning governor... Alejandro Padilla who is closely tied to Obama's administration.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popular...of_Puerto_Rico

    Puerto Rico is changing politically slowly... the PDP (their equivalent of the Democratic Party but perhaps a bit more to the left) is starting to change things up. They say they are Social Democrats... lets see if they can push forward change.

    Oh and if anyone is interested, Puerto Rico does have an openly gay politician in the capital's city council.

    http://www.pedropetersmaldonado.com/Inicio.html

    Puerto Rico, in essence, is in a state of tuggle war. You have the right wingers who can still draw crowds, but the center leftists who are slowly taking control of the government. I wish for better times for my fellow leftists and Social Democrats.
    Last edited by GiancarloC; February 20th, 2013 at 10:49 PM.

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    Re: To the Right of Arkansas: Puerto Rico Court Upholds Adoption Ban

    GiancarloC is correct--I go there often and I have a relative who lives there--things are slowly changing---the country is sorta divided in thirds---a third right wing, a third center left and then left---and I think the 2/3 common sense group is gaining ground. Like many Latin countries the hypocrites are there---my relative is gay BTW and hasn't has any problems in the 5 plus years he's lived there.

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    Re: To the Right of Arkansas: Puerto Rico Court Upholds Adoption Ban

    I'm glad to hear Puerto Rico is changing, as opposed to some obdurate places in the US.

    I was just in San Juan recently, beautiful city full of history, and very nice people.

    Some day I hope every child gets to experience the love of a parent, but this law makes that impossible.

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    GiancarloC
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    Re: To the Right of Arkansas: Puerto Rico Court Upholds Adoption Ban

    I was looking for that politician... and I found it:

    http://gawker.com/5834878/republican...n-gay-sex-site

    He had a picture of him bent over... he is a big time "family values" republican in Puerto Rico.

    It's more blatant hypocrisy in the right wing... hopefully, Mr Arango won't have much of a say in the future direction of the country. He's too much of a hypocrite to even admit he posted the photos on a gay website.

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    JockBoy87
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    Re: To the Right of Arkansas: Puerto Rico Court Upholds Adoption Ban

    Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of Kansas ruled that both partners can be parents.

    The high court agreed with the earlier ruling and granted Frazier joint custody and declared that both women should be legally recognized as parents.

    http://www.advocate.com/society/mode...ogical-parents

    Text of the Opinion

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    JockBoy87
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    Re: To the Right of Arkansas: Puerto Rico Court Upholds Adoption Ban

    This is a very good article. It summarizes the gay rights movement in Puerto Rico and also mentions this ruling.

    http://news.yahoo.com/puerto-rico-sl...183856225.html

    It seems things are changing.

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    GiancarloC
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    Re: To the Right of Arkansas: Puerto Rico Court Upholds Adoption Ban

    Yeah they are. I have my hope for Puerto Rico. Other Latin American countries have legalized gay marriage or unions at the federal level.

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    JockBoy87
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    Re: To the Right of Arkansas: Puerto Rico Court Upholds Adoption Ban

    Quote Originally Posted by GiancarloC View Post
    Yeah they are. I have my hope for Puerto Rico.
    Let's get LGBTs protected from discrimination in Puerto Rico soon.

    It is a good precedent to have that law. Of the 21 states with anti-discrimination laws, 19 have partnership rights in some form (MN and NM do not). While the lag between passing anti-discrimination and legal partnerships used to be many years, it is now only a few years, or even a single year as we saw in Delaware between 2010 and 2011. That's a pretty powerful trend. If PR can get a discrimination law passed, it is very likely partnership rights would follow quickly.

    Other Latin American countries have legalized gay marriage or unions at the federal level.
    Soon it will be the entire east coast of South America from French Guiana to the southern end of Argentina.

    All that is left to do is a final vote in Uruguay and France, and for all state courts in Brazil to change their marriage rules. The Supreme Court of Brazil gave state courts the jurisdiction to allow same sex marriages. Six state courts in Brazil have done so already since 2011, three of them in December last year. In addition, Colombia will also be allowing marriages this June.

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