Puerto Rico

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

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Religious groups protest Puerto Rico’s new gay rights, gender bills

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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Puerto Rico lawmakers approve anti-discrimination bill

Friday, May 24, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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Puerto Rico government signals support for overturning ban on gay adoptions

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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Puerto Rico court ruling on gay adoptions appealed

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A lesbian whose adoption request was recently denied by Puerto Rico's Supreme Court is appealing the ruling. [ Read more → ]
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Advance of gay rights across the U.S. slowly spreading into Puerto Rico

Saturday, March 2, 2013
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The advance of gay rights across the United States is spreading into Puerto Rico, making the island a relatively gay-friendly outpost in a Caribbean region where sodomy laws and harassment of gays are still common. [ Read more → ]
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Puerto Rico Supreme Court upholds ban on gay couple adoptions

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico's Supreme Court has narrowly voted to uphold a law banning gay couples from adopting children. [ Read more → ]
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Puerto Rico to consider LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination bill

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico's legislature is expected to approve a long sought-after bill that would make it a crime to discriminate against people based on their gender or sexual orientation. The bill was submitted Tuesday by Senator Ramon Luis Nieves of the... [ Read more → ]
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Professional boxer Orlando Cruz: ‘A proud Puerto Rican gay man’

Thursday, October 4, 2012
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Orlando Cruz, a featherweight boxer and former Olympian, stunned the world of professional boxing Wednesday after announcing that he "is a proud gay man.” [ Read more → ]
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Puerto Rico’s lawmakers to exclude LGBTQ persons from hate crime protections

Monday, December 5, 2011
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Puerto Rican Senate has approved an amendment to the island's penal code that would strip protections for LGBTQ persons in the hate crime statues. [ Read more → ]
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Religious leaders: Ricky Martin setting a bad example for being openly gay

Saturday, April 16, 2011
Pop-star Ricky Martin has been publicly criticized by religious leaders in his native Puerto Rico for setting a bad example for his children by openly discussing his homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
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Puerto Rico creates special committee to investigate hate crimes

Sunday, June 13, 2010
Puerto Rico's Attorney General has announced the creation of special committee to investigate hate crimes in the island territory, where advocates say gay and transgender people are the victims of an "epidemic" of violence. The announcement was greeted by cheers from activists who complain the... [ Read more → ]
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Suspect pleads guilty in brutal slaying of gay teen in Puerto Rico

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The man accused of the brutal murder of a gay teenager in Puerto Rico last November pleaded guilty on Wednesday and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. [caption id="attachment_7886" align="aligncenter" width="518" caption="Mercado (left) was murdered by Matos on November 12, 2009"][/caption] Juan José Martínez... [ Read more → ]
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Authorities agree to investigate Mercado’s death as hate crime

Sunday, November 29, 2009
Puerto Rican authorities have agreed to investigate Jorge Steven López Mercado’s murder as a hate crime after they met with local representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union. [ Read more → ]

Jorge Steven López Mercado, teen slain in Puerto Rico, laid to rest

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Footage from the funeral of Jorge Steven López Mercado in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, on Monday shows his grief-stricken mother remembering the moment she accepted her son as gay. According to a translation provided by the blogger Blabbeando, Myriam Mercado recalls the moment an emotionally... [ Read more → ]

Suspect in killing of Puerto Rico teen may claim ‘gay panic’ defense

Thursday, November 19, 2009
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The man charged with first-degree murder in the killing of a gay teenager in Puerto Rico will likely use "gay panic" as a defense, reports UPI. Juan A. Martinez Matos, 26, a married father of four (pictured), confessed he was... [ Read more → ]

Suspect to be charged with murder in slaying of gay teen in Puerto Rico

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The suspect in the brutal slaying of a gay teenager in Puerto Rico will be charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and four other counts, the prosecutor in the case told CNN. Juan A. Martinez Matos was arrested late Monday in connection with the slaying of... [ Read more → ]

Suspect arrested in brutal murder of gay Puerto Rican teen

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
A suspect has been arrested in the slaying of a 19-year-old Puerto Rican man, police said Tuesday. Jorge Steven López Mercado (pictured) was found decapitated, dismembered and partially burned Friday in a wooded area near Cayey on the island of Puerto Rico. "The brutality of... [ Read more → ]

Gay teen found brutally murdered in Puerto Rico

Monday, November 16, 2009
The body of a gay teenager was discovered this past weekend, found burned and decapitated on the island of Puerto Rico. Jorge Steven López Mercado’s body was found decapitated, dismembered and partially burned in a wooded area near Cayey on Friday, Nov. 13. His friends... [ Read more → ]
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