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Puerto Rico: major march in defense of marriage; high court nixes gay adoptions

Catholic World News - February 27, 2013

In a 5-4 decision, Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court has upheld a law banning adoptions by homosexual couples.

Referring to a woman who wished to adopt the child of her lesbian partner, the court ruled that Puerto Rico “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.”

In its decision, the court stated that the best environment for raising a child is a family with a father and a mother.

The decision follows a march in defense of traditional marriage in protest of a bill under consideration that would legalize same-sex marriage. At least 100,000 of Puerto Rico’s 3.7 million residents took part in the march.

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