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Puerto Rico Upholds Ban On Gay Adoption, Ricky Martin Saddened

Ricky Martin with his sons Valentino and MatteoOn Wednesday, the Supreme Court in Puerto Rico voted 5-4 to uphold the law banning same-sex couples from adopting, the first time the court heard a case on gay adoption.

The decision follows an unnamed woman’s eight year battle to adopt the 12-year-old daughter that her partner of 20 years had through in vitro fertilization.

The judges ruled that a family composed of a mother and father is best for a child’s dignity, stability and well-being.

According to the majority’s opinion, “The state … has not criminalized their sentimental relationship, but it does not have a constitutional obligation to award this relationship the same rights that other relationships have when it comes to adoption procedures.”

Chief Justice Federico Hernandez Denton voted against the ban, calling it unconstitutional and noted that the girl, “proudly states: ‘I have two mothers.'”

The AP reports:

“Both (women) have ideal emotional skills, intuition and protective instinct to guarantee the girl’s full and healthy development,” he wrote. “In addition, tests showed that (the girl) is mentally stable, does exceptionally well in school and gets along very well with children her age.”

By not allowing a second parent adoption, the girl does not benefit from the woman’s medical insurance or a possible will, and the petitioner would lose custody if the girl’s birth mother died or if the couple broke up, he said.

Puerto Rican national treasure and proud gay father Ricky Martin lamented the court’s decision via Twitter:

“How sad. This I see as turning your back on childhood. So many orphans wanting to have the warmth of home.”

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Feb 21, 2013
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  • 3 Comments
    • mlbumiller
      mlbumiller

      Well, if we can get DOMA repealedand Prop 8, then there will have the right to equal and due process.

      Feb 21, 2013 at 11:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Icebloo
      Icebloo

      Why is trashy Ricky Martin upset ? He’s a REPUBLICAN. Republicans don’t support gay marriage or gay adoptions. Is he really that stupid ? These are the policies he is supporting by endorsing Republican candidates. Maybe he needs to get a brain and READ and find out what policies he is supporting ? What an as#hole !

      Ricky campaigned for George W Bush and even performed at his inauguration.

      Ricky Martin is a piece of s#it. I am so glad his career is over. Selfish, dishonest and no talent.

      Ricky Martin is no friend to the gay community. Ricky Martin is all about Ricky Martin’s bank account and he will do anything or say anything (including stabbing gay people in the back) to make more money.

      Feb 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel-Reader
      Daniel-Reader

      So five of the justices are guilty of genocide against gay people by harming the children of gay people. Not the first court on the planet or the first government officials to commit such acts against millions of people by harming their children. So much for maintaining the rule of law. They just undermined any authority they thought they had. Now all of their rulings are suspect.

      Feb 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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