Puerto Rico Bans Same-Sex Discrimination ’til January

Puerto Rico’s outgoing Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila is playing a bit of political baseball with the incoming Governor by announcing yesterday that he has “prohibited government agencies from discriminating against same-sex couples.”

The move allows same-sex partners to apply for health benefits, but the newly elected Governor Luis Fortuño has promised to overturn the move when he takes office in January, claiming that protecting same-sex partners would cost the health care industry too much.

“We are not going to introduce anything that there isn’t money to implement,” said Fortuño, who also criticized Acevedo for waiting until the end of his term to sign the order.

Acevedo responded “”What I have done is simply broaden these definitions so more people are covered, and it doesn’t cost the government of Puerto Rico anything because if the person wants to include somebody they have to pay more.”

The order also prevents government agencies from discriminating on the basis of gender identity or sexuality.

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  • Charles J. Mueller

    The incoming Governor Luis Fortuno is a Republican. What else needs to be said?


  • Inertia_90

    Not enough money for equality. Got it.

  • max

    If a third world country like Puerto R

  • max

    … like Puerto Rico can pass laws like this, surely we can.

  • Tara - Praenomenal

    Psst. Puerto Rico is American.

  • Charles J. Mueller

    LOL, Tara.

  • max


    Last time I checked, it was an island country in the Caribbean Sea, thank you very much!

    It was a Spanish colony and then became its own country in the 1800’s! I don’t think it was ever apart of the US.

    I’m pretty sure I know what I’m talking about, My friend was from Argentina!

  • Inertia_90

    @max: You fail. It’s an American commonwealth.

  • PJR

    @max: I’m pretty sure you don’t know what you’re talking about. Puerto Ricans are American citizens. But it IS an island in the Carribean – unlike Argentina . . .

  • Rigato

    I thought Puerto Rico is an American territory. Meaning yes the United States Government technically owns the land but I don’t think they pay taxes, or at least not the same taxes.

  • max

    you guys, I’m messing with your heads ;)

    I was just in that sort of mood, sorry! :)

    luv yas!

  • PJR

    @max: D’oh! Well, that’s what I get for acting the know-it-all . . .

  • max


    it’s OK… that’s the kind of response I was eliciting anyway


  • ams

    Your an idiot. Your head is hard as a rock. Research your history. Pendejo/a and then write back to me.

  • Heterosexual

    the new governor will likely abolish what little rights fagots have. puerto rico is very liberal in many ways, but homos arnt welcome here… this new republican governor is exactly what we need..

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