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Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. Its capital city is San Juan.

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Federal judge in Puerto Rico upholds ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Puerto-Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A federal court judge has rejected an attempt to end a ban on same-sex marriages in Puerto Rico, saying political order itself depends on traditional marriage and deriding the logic of courts that have overturned such bans. The five gay couples who filed the suit will appeal, their attorney said Wednesday.

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Lambda Legal seeks swift ruling to end same-sex marriage ban in Puerto Rico

Saturday, September 20, 2014
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Lambda Legal has filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico, seeking a summary judgment to end the U.S. commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage. Lambda Legal joined the lawsuit, Conde v. García Padilla, in June on behalf of five same-sex couples and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, an organization that represents ...

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Puerto Rico partners on U.S. project to develop HIV vaccine

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico's governor says the island's largest public university is partnering with federal agencies to oversee a U.S.-funded project aimed at trying to develop a prophylactic vaccine for the HIV virus that causes AIDS.

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Puerto Rico Senate confirms first openly gay justice to Supreme Court

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Maite Oronoz Rodriguez
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico's Senate on Monday confirmed Maite Oronoz Rodriguez as an Associate Justice on the U.S. island territory's Supreme Court, making her the first openly gay person to serve on the Court. Oronoz Rodriguez, who served as legal director for the capital city of San Juan, was nominated earlier this month ...

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Puerto Rico governor nominates openly gay attorney to Supreme Court

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Maite Oronoz Rodriguez
A lesbian attorney is poised to become the first openly gay person on Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court after being nominated earlier this week by the U.S. territory's governor. Maite Oronoz Rodriguez, who currently serves as legal director for city San Juan, was nominated to fill a vacancy on the court by Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla.

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Lawsuit filed challenging Puerto Rico ban on same-sex marriage recognition

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
San Juan, Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A Puerto Rico attorney who married her longtime partner on the U.S. mainland has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to have their marriage recognized in her home territory.

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Religious groups protest Puerto Rico’s new gay rights, gender bills

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Religious groups gathered Wednesday in front of Puerto Rico's seaside capitol to protest proposed laws that would allow same-sex couples to adopt children and would establish a public school curriculum examining gender issues including sexual discrimination.

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Puerto Rico lawmakers approve anti-discrimination bill

Friday, May 24, 2013
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Legislators in Puerto Rico on Friday approved a heavily debated bill that outlaws employment discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation.

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Puerto Rico government signals support for overturning ban on gay adoptions

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico's government is supporting an effort to overturn a ban on gay adoption in the U.S. island territory.

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Puerto Rico court ruling on gay adoptions appealed

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A lesbian whose adoption request was recently denied by Puerto Rico's Supreme Court is appealing the ruling.

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