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04/19/2007


Lesbian Couple Files Lawsuit Demanding Recognition of Marriage in Puerto Rico

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A lesbian couple has filed suit in Puerto Rico demanding recognition of their Massachusetts marriage, the Washington Blade reports:

“We wish to enjoy the same social privileges and contractual rights that are conferred by the commonwealth on individuals in opposite-sex marriages and not to be treated as we are being treated as second class citizens differentiated, alienated and discriminated in comparison to other U.S. citizens,” say Ada Conde Vidal and Ivonne Álvarez Velez in their lawsuit they filed in U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico in San Juan. “Puerto Rico law precluding recognition of lawful same-sex marriages denies us those rights in violation of the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”

Conde and Álvarez, who have been together for nearly 14 years, exchanged vows in Massachusetts in 2004 shortly after the state’s same-sex marriage law took effect.

Puerto Rican lawmakers in 1999 amended the U.S. commonwealth’s civil code to ban recognition of same-sex marriages – even those legally performed in other jurisdictions. Unions in which one person is transgender are also not recognized.

More at the Blade...

Wrote activist Pedro Julio Serrano on Facebook of the above photo:

They made history by being the first Puerto Rican couple of the same sex to marry in Massachusetts - the first State to legalize this right - a decade ago. They made history today by filing the first federal lawsuit so in Puerto Rico recognizes marriage between same-sex acts in other jurisdictions. They will make history when it declares legal the right to equal marriage in Puerto Rico. Thank you, yesterday, today and always... ADA and Ivonne!


Anti-Gay Puerto Rican GOP Senator Who Resigned Over Grindr Photos Comes Out of the Closet: VIDEO

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Roberto Arango, a Puerto Rican Senator who vice chaired Bush's 2004 campaign there and cast several anti-gay votes before resigning in 2011 after revealing Grindr photos of him surfaced, has come out of the closet publicly in a radio interview with Noti UNO, Blabbeando reports:

2_arangoInitially Arango denied he was the man in the photos and then he acknowledged some of the photos were his but alleged he had taken them to document his weight-loss under a new diet but he never admitted whether the photos came from a personal profile on the popular gay men's hook up app or whether he was gay.

The news became tabloid fodder in the United States and Arango is still listed on several lists of the top sexual scandals to hit any politician but behind the scandal also laid the past of a man who had previously voted to deny rights to the LGBT community in Puerto Rico and sided with some of the most conservative factions in the island.

In 2004 he mocked a San Juan mayoral candidate during a political rally by implying he was gay and holding a plastic duck and making quacking noises when speaking against him ("pato" or duck in Spanish is a word often used as a slur against gays in Puerto Rico).

Arango also led failed efforts to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage or any other union that was not between a man and woman.

Watch his interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEWS: Circumcision, Nobel Prize, Puerto Rico, Colton Haynes

RoadEddie Redmayne is looking all kinds of geek chic on set of Stephen Hawkings bio-pic The Theory of Everything.

RoadSpeaking of physics, Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of Britain won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work in theorizing the existence of the so-called Higgs boson, also known as "The God Particle," the existence of which was finally proven earlier this year thanks to CERN's Large Hadron Collider. "Englert and Higgs theorized about the existence of the particle in the 1960s to provide an answer to a riddle: why matter has mass. The tiny particle, they believed, acts like molasses on snow — causing other basic building blocks of nature to stick together, slow down and form atoms."

RoadCan circumcision reduce the risk of acquiring HIV? "Major studies support circumcision as prevention in Africa but a small yet vocal group argues the science is flawed."

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RoadIf these walls could talk: an oral history of New York's Chelsea Hotel.

RoadIs the Puerto Rican island of Vieques the new destination wedding spot for gay couples? The W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island is now offering wedding packages for same-sex couples: "Aimed at couples in the East, the package includes a legal marriage ceremony in New York or Boston, followed by the resort event. Priced from $12,500, the arrangement includes 45 hours of planning, a personalized wedding Web site, a prewedding tasting with Ms. Coveney Smith and the resort’s culinary team and the wedding planner’s attendance at the resort rehearsal and ceremony."

RoadYou daily dose of Awwww.

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RoadGeorge Takei reminds us of the silver lining to the government shutdown.

RoadOne gay father comes face to faces with the sexism inherent in toys: "The girls' section was a pink bubble. The themes: fashion, cooking and cleaning. The promotional words on the packages were fun and frivolous. In contrast, the toys that were meant for boys communicated, literally and figuratively, concepts such as leadership, command, speed, agility, skill, might and success. I got the message then and there. If you are a girl, your aspirations should be to play at elegance, nurture a baby doll, and practice cooking and cleaning. If you are a boy, you are to aspire to a persona of power. You are to build physically, train and excel."

RoadMarilyn Monroe as you may never have seen her.

RoadColton Haynes basking in the afternoon glow.


Puerto Rico Governor Signs Major LGBT Rights Bills into Law

LGBT rights in Puerto Rico took two big steps forward today thanks to the island territory's governor, the Washington Blade reports:
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Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla on Wednesday signed two bills into law that ban anti-LGBT discrimination on the island and add sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to the U.S. commonwealth’s domestic violence laws.

“The dignity of being a human being is inviolable because we are all the same and we must be equal under the law,” the governor said in a tweet before he signed the measures at his official residence in San Juan. “Today is a great day for Puerto Rico. I feel that I have fulfilled my duty as a Christian to sign these laws.”

This Monday, the Puerto Rico Senate voted to approve a modified version of the non-discrimination bill that passed the Puerto Rico House last Friday.  The domestic violence law change was also approved on Monday.

According to the AP, the original version of the measure, which was advanced by the Senate earlier this month, went further than the newly minted law:

The original measure would have also banned discrimination in commercial transactions, property rentals, public transportation and other circumstances. Those clauses were removed after heavy opposition by religious groups.


Man Arrested for Bomb Threat Directed at Activist, Gay Rights Demonstration in Puerto Rico

SerranoA man has been arrested in Puerto Rico for a bomb threat directed at LGBT rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano and an upcoming LGBT rights demonstration, the AP reports:

Special Agent Moises Quniones says the suspect was taken into custody at home in San Juan on a cyberbullying charge. Joseph Morales Serrano is accused of using the micro-blogging site to post a threatening message directed at activist Pedro Julio Serrano ahead of gay rights demonstration. The two men aren't related.

The message in Spanish said "watch out during the demonstration, it can end like in Boston," an apparent reference to the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing.

The suspect is to appear before a judge today and faces up to five years behind bars.


News: Meningitis, Puerto Rico, Rob Ford, China, Russia

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Epidemiologists puzzled over NYC's Meningitis outbreak: "What is concerning is that it is largely restricted to men who have sex with men. So we don’t really understand why that is.” Have you been vaccinated?

Pr6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Thousands marched in support of gay rights in the capital of Puerto Rico of San Juan: "Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and Sen. Ramón Nieves Pérez, who sponsored the sweeping anti-LGBT non-discrimination bill the Senate on Thursday passed by a 15-11 vote margin, unfurled an LGBT Pride flag from the balcony of City Hall as marchers passed."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Britney Spears claims the leaked version of her upcoming single is just an early demo.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Colin Egglesfield knows how to wear a t-shirt.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d North Korea launched three short-range guided missiles in a northeastern direction earlier today.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Sookie flips the paparazzi the bird.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d The very first film to be adapted from a David Sedaris short story set to open Outfest.

6a00d8341c730253ef0191023e55b9970c-800wi6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Gawker wants to raise $200,000 so they can purchase and publish the videotape of anti-gay Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack. Also, don't expect to hear Ford air his weekly radio show this weekend.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Some promising yet frustrating news out of China on the International Day Against Homophobia: "Activists said they felt encouraged when the communist party's official mouthpiece China Central Television published a Weibo post on Friday morning advocating respect for the LGBT community. But the post was soon deleted without any explanation."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Could Smell-O-Vision be coming back - in a mobile form?

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Reacting disapprovingly to today's momentous legalization of same-sex marriage in France, Russia's Children's Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov said this morning that his country will now consider changing its child adoption policy with France.


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