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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.

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Marriage News Watch: March 23, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015
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It's been nearly two months since marriage was supposed to start in Alabama, and the state still doesn't have its act together, and Texas has filed a lawsuit to prevent married same-sex couples from taking family medical leave. [...]

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Puerto Rico says it will no longer defend same-sex marriage ban

Friday, March 20, 2015
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Secretary of Justice César Miranda said he will submit a brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, saying he agrees the ban is unconstitutional and should be lifted. [...]

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Report: Puerto Rico government to stop defending same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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The U.S. island territory's ban is being challenged in a federal appeals court and the governor, named as a defendant, has until Friday to respond to a federal appeals court in Boston. [...]

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In far-flung U.S. territories, marriage equality has yet to arrive

Saturday, March 14, 2015
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While more than 70 percent of U.S. states now allow same-sex marriage, the waves of change have yet to reach America's far-flung and socially conservative territories in the Caribbean and Pacific. [...]

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‘Ex-gay’ pastor in Puerto Rico outed for adult film past

Monday, February 2, 2015
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Father Jose Santiago – now married to a woman – says he gave up his adult film past and being gay after being called by God seven years ago. [...]

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First Circuit sets briefing schedule in appeal of Puerto Rico gay marriage case

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Tuesday issued a briefing schedule in the appeal of a federal judge's ruling that upheld Puerto Rico's same-sex marriage ban. [...]

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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