The 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges nullifies the territory’s ban on same-sex marriage.
The decision came from a three judge panel.
US District Judge Perez Gimenez in October, 2014 upheld the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
U.S. Circuit Court Judges Juan Torruella, Ojetta Rogerlee Thompson and William Kayatta, Jr., issued their ruling 13 days after the U.S. Supreme Court released their decision that extended marriage rights to same-sex couples throughout the country.
Ada Conde Vidal and Ivonne Álvarez Vélez of San Juan in March 2014 filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in order to force the U.S. commonwealth to recognize their Massachusetts marriage. Four additional same-sex couples and Puerto Rico Para [email protected], a Puerto Rican LGBT advocacy group, joined the case a few months later.