Puerto Rico: Same-sex marriage ban overturned

Add Puerto Rico to the list of places affected by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage last month.

It took Puerto Rico a little longer to fall in line, but a panel of three judges in The First Circuit Court of Appeals decided today that the U.S. territory had to follow the ruling by the Supreme Court, and overturned the same-sex marriage ban upheld in 2014 by a district court, according to Pink News.

The Equality on Trial website says: “The appeals court sent the case back to district court so it can reassess its decision in light of the new Supreme Court precedent. … Because the district court has to rule consistently with the Supreme Court, it’s likely to issue a quick decision that the ban is invalid.”

Reports say same-sex marriages can begin on July 15.

Way to go, Puerto Rico!

— Jillian Page, LGBT Perspectives editor

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