Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-07-18
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Puerto Rico marriage ban stuck down hours after Lambda Legal victory
From a press release
2016-04-08

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


( San Juan, PR, April 8, 2016 ) — Just hours after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed for the second time that Puerto Rico's ban on marriage for LGBT people is unconstitutional and ordered the case be reassigned to a new judge, District Court Judge Gustavo A. Gelpí issued a judgment striking down that ban. Judge Gelpí applied the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which granted the freedom to marry to all people in the United States, after instruction from the First Circuit making clear that the decision applies to territories as it does to states.

"We are pleased that the new District Court judge moved so quickly to heed the First Circuit's instructions and strike the provisions of Puerto Rico law that purport to block recognition of the marriages of LGBT people," said Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, staff attorney for Lambda Legal. "Marriage equality is the law of the land in the states and territories alike. It is a judge's duty to apply the law without bias or regard to their personal views. We are gratified that Judge Gelpí has swiftly and clearly affirmed that the fundamental right to marry applies to all persons in Puerto Rico, including LGBT people."

Last month, Lambda Legal filed papers—known as a mandamus petition—requesting that the First Circuit reassign the case to a different judge in the District Court and enter a judgment in favor of equal marriage rights. The Puerto Rico government joined Lambda Legal's petition, agreeing that the marriage ban is unconstitutional and should be struck down. Yesterday, the First Circuit granted Lambda Legal's petition and ordered that judgment be promptly entered in favor of the plaintiffs after reassignment to a different district court judge.

Previously, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled that Puerto Rico's law was unconstitutional, reversing an earlier Puerto Rico district court ruling. Puerto Rico then began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and Lambda Legal along with the government defendants asked the court to strike down all provisions of Puerto Rico law that ban full recognition of the marriage rights of LGBT people, as unconstitutional and no longer enforceable. In a defiant move last month, the District Court judge denied the motion. The First Circuit overruled that decision yesterday.

The case is Conde-Vidal, et al v. Rius-Armendariz, et al. Lambda Legal attorneys Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Hayley Gorenberg, and Karen Loewy are handling the case, joined by co-counsel Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, and Celina Romany-Siaca. Ada Conde-Vidal, who is represented by José L. Nieto, represents her wife.

Read the decision here: www.lambdalegal.org/in-court/legal-docs/conde_pr_20160407_petition-for-a-writ-of-mandamus .

Read the District Court decision here: www.lambdalegal.org/in-court/legal-docs/conde_pr_20160407_order .

Read about the case here: www.lambdalegal.org/in-court/cases/conde-v-rius-armendariz .

Read more about our plaintiff couples and their children here: www.lambdalegal.org/blog/20140625_puerto-rico-meet-the-families .

See earlier coverage at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Puerto-Rico-upholds-marriage-ban/54625.html .


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Recent act aims to protect all parties in family law 2018-07-04 - With the first wave of same-sex couples seeking to divorce comes a new Illinois law, the Illinois Collaborative Process Act, effective Jan. 1, ...


Gay News

South Bend, Ind., mayor marries 2018-06-18 - After their wedding Saturday, June 16, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg ( left ) and Chasten Glezman took a detour from St. James ...


Gay News

Bermuda court rejects gay-marriage ban 2018-06-06 - The Bermuda Supreme Court, on June 6, ruled that a statute rescinding marriage rights to same-sex couples was unconstitutional, according to a Daily ...


Gay News

Threats to marriage equality threaten security of children 2018-06-04 - ( Boulder, CO, June 4, 2018 )—As the three-year anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court marriage decision in Obergefell v. Hodges nears, two ...


Gay News

MOMBIAN Of marriage and parenting 2018-05-09 - My spouse, Helen, and I recently celebrated our 25th anniversary ( though our time as legal spouses is obviously shorter ). Reaching a ...


Gay News

Trinidad and Tobago: Court Overturns Same-Sex Intimacy Ban 2018-04-13 - ( Washington, DC, April 13, 2018 ) — The High Court of Justice in Trinidad and Tobago ruled on April 12, 2018, that ...


Gay News

THEATER 'This Is Us' writer's drama covers intolerance, same-sex marriage 2018-04-04 - The Supreme Court is expected to rule this summer on whether a Colorado baker can legally refuse a gay couple's request for a ...


Gay News

LGBTQ couples shop around wedding expo 2018-03-21 - RainbowWeddingNetwork hosted its 10th annual LGBTQ Wedding Expo at the Hotel Chicago on March 18. RainbowWeddingNetwork launched, in 2000, at the hands of ...


Gay News

2018 LGBT Wedding Expo March 18 2018-03-14 - The 2018 LGBT Wedding Expo will be held Sunday, March 18, 12:30-3:30 p.m., at Hotel Chicago, 333 N. Dearborn St. It will be ...


Gay News

Same-sex wedding expo March 18 2018-03-07 - The 2018 LGBT Wedding Expo will be held Sunday, March 18, 12:30-3:30 p.m., at Hotel Chicago, 333 N. Dearborn St. It will be ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.