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Gay Marriage Ban Halted In Puerto Rico

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There’s some mixed news out of Puerto Rico this morning. The Island’s Senate voted to approve a constitutional ban on gay marriage, but the House put off its vote until next year:

Jose Aponte, President of the House of Representatives, put the breaks on a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages in the island as well as civil unions even for straight couples but said that the House would take up the issue in the next legislative session which begins on January 5th of 2008.

It was a small ray of light for LGBT-rights advocates in the island who were dismayed by the degree of support that the [measure] drew in the Puerto Rican senate last night securing its passage. The final tally was twenty senators in favor, two against, one abstention and four other senator absent (the measure needed 18 votes to pass).

At least one approving senator admitted to voting yay in exchange for other legislative passage. Gay activist Pedro Julio Serrano call the Senate’s decision “a disgrace for our history”.

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Nov 9, 2007
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  • 19 Comments
    • ggreen
      ggreen

      Puerto Rico, what a shit hole of Catholic ignorance. The citizens don’t want statehood but they never stop asking the US for money. It’s a territory welfare queen. Even the flying nun took a dump on that place as she flew out. The one solid gold citizen from PR was the late Chad Douglas. Nothing but a-holes now.

      Nov 9, 2007 at 11:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rt. Rev. Dr. RES
      Rt. Rev. Dr. RES

      I had to “google” Chad Douglas. I suppose that individual was not the doctor of pharmacy, was it?
      The other was a pornographic actor. Maybe that’s the one.:)

      Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of the United States, since 1898 when a war with Spain gave the US the vestigial Spanish colonies in the Caribbean and the South Pacific- no representation in the Senate and a delegate to the United States House of Representatives who does not vote in the committee of the whole. In return for no presidential vote, islanders are exempt from paying federal income taxes.

      I happen to have much empathy for Roman Catholic liberal friends caught in the uberconservative Inquisitional church of Pope Rat (not to be confused with Pope Res ROFL)

      For neocons, PR is a haven for the “Made in the USA” label where sweat shoppes are exempt from labour regulations.

      Nov 9, 2007 at 1:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Walsingham
      Walsingham

      “- no representation in the Senate and a delegate to the United States House of Representatives who does not vote in the committee of the whole.”

      Because they’re not a State. Duh.

      Nov 10, 2007 at 6:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SURVIOR
      SURVIOR

      Я почти нихера из того шо написано не понимаю но скажу одно – ПЫДРОВ НАДО МОЧИТЬ.

      Nov 10, 2007 at 7:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rt. Rev. Dr. RES
      Rt. Rev. Dr. RES

      No, they are the colonies of the United States taken as a result of the farce of the Spanish American war.

      Three exceptions….Phillippines were granted full independence on July 4, 1946, the three out of five Virgin Islands were bought from Denmark in 1917 (UK bought Virgin Gorda and Tortola) and the Northern Mariana Islands emanate from the Trust Territory of the Pacific in 1976.

      That condition of a delegate without a vote is also true for the Commonwealths and Territories and for the District of Columbia…..duh…but I always thought that the US had no territorial ambitions and that it believed in taxation without representation was tyranny.

      I know….incrementalism…..and eventually, some day, in the future, when your grandchildren are receiving Social Security, the American dream in its totality will come to fruition, eh?>

      Oh……I forgot…….DUH !!!!!

      Nov 10, 2007 at 8:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rt. Rev. Dr. RES
      Rt. Rev. Dr. RES

      Survior – I do not speak or read Russian and understand better if not written in Kyrillic alphabet. Maybe you can translate this for us?

      Nov 10, 2007 at 8:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sara
      sara

      Puerto Rico is a latin american country with a compact of free association with the US since 1952. Puerto Rico is part of the spanish speaking latin american family of nations. The machismo is strong in these cultures, specially in the caribbean (Cuba,Puerto Rico, Venezuela,Panama). Mostly a Catholic coutry (80%) it is conservative in some issues like gay marriage. The only thing that could change , about the issue of gay marriage in PR, is having a socialist party like the PSOE (Spain)who pushed the gay marriage agenda while being in a catholic country agaisnt all odds.

      Nov 12, 2007 at 12:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stan
      Stan

      “DUH”.

      America is rotting from within. Uneducated fat mean people abound.

      Puerto Rico get yourself free of this sinking beast FAST.

      Duh.

      Nov 12, 2007 at 3:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MARIENELA
      MARIENELA

      PEOPLE ARE VERY IGNORANT. WE ARE TALKING HERE ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE IN PUERTO RICO, NOT ABOUT OTHER SHIT THAT HAS NOTHIN TO DO WITH.. WE ALL HUMANS HERE AND WE HAVE FEELINGS IT IS NOT FAIR THAT A MAN AND A WOMAN HAVE TO GET MARRIED JUST BECAUSE THE BIBLE OR OTHER PEOPLE IS TELING US TO..WE HAVE A HEART, WE DESERVE TO BE WITH THE PERSON THAT WE LOVE. NO MATTER WHO IT IS. YOU CAN JUST TROW OUT OUR HEARTS,FEELINGS AND LOVE. JUST BECAUSE IT MAKES OTHER PEOPLE HAPPY. DON’T BE SO IGNORANTS AND THINK WITH YOUR HEARTS. I AM IN FAVOR OF GAY MARRIAGE AND I AM VERY PROUD OF THEM. CAUSE NO MATTER WHAT PEOPLE THINK THEY FALLOW WHAT IS INSIDE OF THEM,THEY SPEAK WITH THEIR HEART IN THERE HANDS..AND NO MATTER IF IS PROVE OR NOT YOU WOULD NEVER SEPARATE TWO PEOPLE OF THE SEX SAME TO BE TOGETHER.

      Nov 14, 2007 at 10:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DeAngelo
      DeAngelo

      What is wrong with people?…STR8 PEOPLE who seem to “HATE” us simply because of who we love?…so basically the fact that I don’t put my penis into a VAGINA means that I’m going to DIE & BURN IN HELL & THAT NO MATTER HOW HARD I WORK AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE ECONOMY AND I’M A LAW ABIDING SELF EMPLOYED MEMBER OF THIS SOCIETY AND I PAY TAXES AND LIVE IN A BEAUTIFUL HOME, DRIVE NICE CARS AND I’M ALSO A BUSINESS OWNER OF WHICH I HAVE GIVEN JOBS TO AND HAVE HIRED PLENTY OF STR8 PEOPLE WHO DEPEND ON ME SIGNING MY NAME ON THE BOTTOM OF THIER PAYCHECKS SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE THE VERY LIFE OF WHICH THE OTHER MAJORITY OF HETEROSEXUALS TRY TO ROB AND STEAL FROM ME ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS FULL OF ANGER & HATE AND TRY TO STOP OR IMPEDE MY PROGRESS OR “OUR” PROGRESS WITHIN THE WHOLE GAY COMMUNITY…SO SINCE OUR GOVERMENT AND THE LAWS SAY THAT WE HAVE TO OBIDE BY THEM JUST LIKE ANYONE ELSE, THEN WHY DON’T WE HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS AS EVERYONE ELSE!…SO SINCE I’M NOT ALLOWED TO “LEGALLY” GET MARRIED TO MY PARTNER AND I DON’T HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS AS STR8 PEOPLE THEN THAT MEASN AN ENTIRELY NEW SET OF RULES AND LAWS SHOULD BE SPECIFICALLY FOR US GAYS…

      Nov 16, 2007 at 10:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jennifer
      Jennifer

      Yikes!! The aids rate for homosexual males is off the hook!! They die an avaerage of 30 years earlier than heterosexuals.

      Two lesbians can NEVER have children of their own, so darwinism says they are obsolete! Wake up. Homosexuality is just wrong!

      Nov 16, 2007 at 9:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pedro
      Pedro

      I used to be a practicing homosexual until Jesus Christ came into my life. I know that my former life was a lie, and I was drawn into it by looking at pornography and masturbation. Jennifer makes a good point in that gays cannot pro-create. God bless all of you out there who are caught in this deceptive and degrading lifestyle. Ask Christ to come into your life and He will. I’m proof of it!

      Nov 16, 2007 at 9:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lourdes
      Lourdes

      Jennifer and Pedro,
      You mean to tell us that not even in this space can gay people be free from your hatred and close-mindedness. Pedro, I am really glad you believe your god helped you become a straight man. Now try to have a little respect for other people’s lives even if you don’t agree with the way they live it. Will you? Jennifer, thank you sooo much for your profound and insightful input. Now, would you please go with Pedro someplace else to do your hating? There are plenty of places out there Jen. Plenty.

      Nov 21, 2007 at 12:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CARLOS
      CARLOS

      LETS SEE IF YOU REALLY WHAT TOO KNOW PR COME DOWN HERE WILL AND YOU WILL FIND OUT AND IF YOU DDDONT THINK WE DONT PAY FED TAXES JAJA WE DOO DONT TALK IF YOU DONT KNOW THE WHOLE THING

      Nov 21, 2007 at 8:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John
      John

      ggreen – you are an asshole, racist SOAB that does not deserve to live. Sad you were raised to be such an ass. I would love for PR to be the first territory in the US to allow gays to marry, but do not give me the state issue mixed up with this issue, you are an idiot. Not even the mayor cities in the US have allowed gay marriage.

      Dec 9, 2007 at 2:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • straight Boricua
      straight Boricua

      Fuk gay ppl…listen…my opinion ..he’s doin a gud thing …I mean look at the us ..its already fuked up as it is with all these homo thugs running around spreading diseases around..wtf….I vote against too! P.r. has enough of issues as it is…the last thing we need for it to change into a gay island as small as it is.. and for the person who left a comment about his pennies goin into a “pussy” …buddy that’s a big difference ..I can tell u that ..without experience from an A-Hole. I think all the shit on your dick is giving off too many fumes to ur fuking head!

      Dec 17, 2007 at 10:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lorenzo
      Lorenzo

      Mi Amigos y Amigas,

      Why so much hatred; would Jesus be so intolerant? I think not. My father (of all people) once said to me, “Larry, I do not care whom you fall in love with: Man, woman, or mouse; so long as you are happy.”

      When I meet a person, ANY person, my first thought is never, “hmmmm … I wonder if this nice human being is straight or gay?” If the person is a good-hearted person, open-minded and wise enough to know WHEN to open his or her mouth and WHEN to keep quiet, that is ALL I care about.

      Like Mark Twain wrote, “better to shut one’s mouth and let the world WONDER whether or not you are wise or foolish, than to OPEN it and to LEAVE NO DOUBT!”

      And. Might it not do ALL of us some good to remember that famous quote, “if we don’t hang together, we will hang separately?”

      Getting CRAZY over an issue like “allowing two people of the SAME gender to have the SAME legal rights and protections under the law as two people of opposing genders” is a certain recipe for catastrophe in ANY society which claims itself to be civilized. Because such a society is NOT civilized. It’s BARBARIC.

      God bless Spain for showing WISDOM, lighting a candle in this amazingly messed-up world tainted by the all-too-human and childish evils of ignorance, prejudice and fear; rather than “cursing the darkness” of some of the incredibly foolish and hateful speech I’m appalled to be reading here amongst my otherwise sane (one hopes) brothers and sisters, whom I can only conclude must be living in a state of programmed somnambulism when they preach their rueful, misguided, twisted intolerance, as ALL intolerance is.

      Let’s please wake up and STOP THE HATRED.

      Some Favorite Bumper Stickers:

      “Hatred is NEVER a Family Value.”

      “The Christian Right is NEITHER.”

      Paz y Amor, Amigos y Amigas,
      Lorenzo.

      Dec 21, 2007 at 3:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DeAngelo
      DeAngelo [Different person #1 using similar name]

      I agree 100% with straight boricua! Puerto Rico is too small an island to fuck it up by turning it into homo island. WTF do you want dick for with so many gorgeous Puerto Rican woman around! I don’t care if you consider what I’m saying hateful. I want to enjoy my small, beautiful island the way the tainos did in their heyday, not like Caligula did. Wake up people! This entire faggot agenda is being shoved down our throats (no pun intended) as something “normal”. As an acceptable way of life. It’s not. If you do your research, you will know who is really behind this push for homosexuality here and in the US.

      Aug 27, 2008 at 6:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DeAngelo
      DeAngelo [Different person #1 using similar name]

      p.s. I’m a different DeAngelo. Not the dude that doesn’t want to stick his dick in a vagina from No.10 Let’s not get crazy now.

      Aug 27, 2008 at 6:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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