Gay Marriage Victory in Puerto Rico as Judges Strike Down Island’s Ban

Ada Conde Vidal and Ivonne Alvarez Velez. Image via Lambda Legal.

Ada Conde Vidal and Ivonne Alvarez Velez. Image via Lambda Legal.

Judges from the federal First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Puerto Rico’s ban on gay and lesbian marriage is unconstitutional. The three-judge ruling comes just two weeks after the US Supreme Court extended marriage equality to all 50 states. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Ada Conde Vidal and Ivonne Álvarez who asked the court to recognize their marriage that was performed in Massachusetts. Despite initial roadblocks from a district judge who dismissed the case, the couple appealed to the First Circuit. Same-sex marriages are expected to begin on July 15.

 

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