Issues on gay rights and equality has taken center stage in the United States island territory of Puerto Rico. The Associate Press reports on Tuesday that Puerto Rico's government is supporting an effort to overturn a ban on gay adoption.
It was just February that the Puerto Rico Supreme Court voted in a 5-4 ruling to uphold a current law which bans adoptions by same-sex parents. According to Puerto Rico's constitution, it "does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation' and accepted arguments presented by the legislature that the 'traditional family', composed of a father, a mother, and their children best protected the well-being of minor".
But the "traditional family" has changed and anytime a child has the opportunity to be placed in a loving home, discrimination based on the sexual orientation of those willing to provide that home and care should be reconsidered. This was the argument brought up by a lesbian woman who sought to legally adopt her partner's daughter.
The couple were challenging the current law that "bans the adoption of a minor if the biological mother doesn't give up her rights, unless the couple consists of a man and a woman." The court is now being asked to reconsider the decision which has gained support from Island Attorney General Margarita Mercado who, according to the AP, has filed a motion in support of reconsideration.
The woman and the issue of gay adoption has lawmakers and the governor on backing them. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla is in favor of eliminating the inequality of gays and lesbians and a number of proposals are being considered to extend rights to the Puerto Rico LGBT community.
There has not yet been a decision on whether the court will revisit it's February ruling.