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3132Radican demanda sobre matrimonio igualitario en Puerto Rico

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  • pedrojulioserrano
    Mar 26, 2014
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      Una entrevista como nunca me has visto…

      1966837_10152378397864954_1825712007_nLucho mucho y a veces no tengo la oportunidad de mostrar mi lado más íntimo. Y es por eso, que la querida amiga y artista Alexandra Fuentes me invitó a su programa “Alexandra de noche” para hacerme una entrevista jovial y sencilla.

      De veras que la pasé súper, no tan sólo porque quiero mucho a mi amiga Alexandra, sino porque fue amena y es de las mejores entrevistadoras que hay.

      Me reí un montón y hasta Maneco apareció al final para algo que ni te esperas.

      Si quieres verla, aquí está:

      26/03/2014 at 6:28 PM Deja un comentario Editar

      Puerto Rican Wants Same-Sex Marriages Recognized…

      318314_494020473943581_1218326095_nBY DANICA COTTO | AP

      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.

      The lawsuit comes as the debate on gay rights intensifies in Puerto Rico, where legislators and religious groups have recently clashed on several issues.

      The suit filed Tuesday by attorney Ada Conde challenges the constitutionality of Puerto Rican laws that define marriage as between a man and a woman, as well as those that prohibit same-sex marriage and the recognition of such marriages.

      Conde said she has been in a relationship for nearly 14 years with Ivonne Alvarez, an accountant and financial adviser whom she married in Massachusetts in August 2004.

      “We wish to enjoy the same social privileges and contractual rights … and not to be treated as we are being treated as second-class citizens,” she said.

      Conde is suing Puerto Rico’s heath secretary, who oversees the island’s demographic registry, as well as the registrar of vital records.

      Conde said the lack of recognition of their relationship complicated things when her young daughter had to have open-heart surgery for a second time and Alvarez could not participate in the decision-making process.

      “Gay and lesbian individuals have suffered a long and painful history of societal and government-sponsored discrimination,” she said in the lawsuit.

      Currently, 17 U.S. states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage.

      It is the first time that someone has filed a lawsuit of this kind in the jurisdiction of Puerto Rico, where lawmakers last year approved four measures in favor of the gay community. One of the bills signed by Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla prohibits employment discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation, and another extends a domestic violence law to gay couples.

      The extension of the domestic violence law places Puerto Rico ahead of 46 U.S. states that have no such law, according to local human rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano.

      Puerto Rico also is ahead of 33 U.S. states in approving a hate crime law, he said.

      “People always think that Puerto Rico is behind,” he said in a phone interview. “But we’re actually ahead of the majority of U.S. states.”

      However, certain gay rights are still being debated in Puerto Rico.

      Last year, the island’s Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold a local law banning adoptions by same-sex parents. The decision was unsuccessfully appealed by a Puerto Rican woman seeking to adopt a 12-year-old girl that her partner of more than 20 years gave birth to through in vitro fertilization.

      The judges said it was up to legislators to change the adoption law, and a lawmaker earlier this month filed a measure seeking such a change.

      26/03/2014 at 1:27 PM Deja un comentario Editar

      Pide a gobierno local que no defienda prohibición a matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo…

      39578_482917329953_4984299_nEl activista de derechos humanos Pedro Julio Serrano pidió al Gobernador, al Secretario de Justicia y a la Procuradora General que no defiendan la prohibición al derecho al matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo ante el pleito federal presentado por Ada Conde y su esposa Ivonne Alvarez para que se reconozca su matrimonio hecho en Massachusetts hace una década.

      “En primer lugar, quiero felicitar a las valientes amigas y activistas Ada Conde e Ivonne Alvarez por dar este histórico paso. Hace mucho sentido que siendo la primera pareja puertorriqueña en casarse en Massachusetts – el primer estado donde se legalizó este derecho – que el primer pleito de esta clase lo radiquen ellas”, aseveró Serrano.

      El portavoz de Puerto Rico Para Tod@s hizo “un llamado al gobernador de Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla, a su secretario de Justicia, César Miranda, y a la Procuradora General, Margarita Mercado, a que se allanen en el proceso judicial de esta demanda y no defiendan el injusto estado de Derecho, que le impide a parejas del mismo sexo casadas en otras jurisdicciones gozar de los beneficios que trae consigo el matrimonio”.

      “Invito al Gobernador y su Gabinete a aprovechar esta demanda para estar en el lado correcto de la historia. Tengan presente que, en poco tiempo, los tribunales federales de Texas, Utah, Kentucky, Virginia y Michigan han resuelto a favor de la igualdad de las parejas del mismo sexo. La igualdad matrimonial es inevitable. Va a suceder. Por eso, el Gobernador no debe defender lo indefendible en este pleito legal”, aseveró Serrano.

      Por último, Serrano invitó a otras parejas del mismo sexo que no se han casado aún a que radiquen pleitos similares en el Tribunal Federal para que se reconozca también el derecho al matrimonio en Puerto Rico. “Es hora de que en esta patria podamos tener el mismo derecho que tienen las parejas heterosexuales de casarnos y acceder a todos los beneficios, derechos y protecciones que el Estado confiere. Ya es hora de la igualdad”.