Report: Puerto Rico gov’t to no longer defend marriage ban

A Puerto Rican newspaper this week reported the government of the U.S. commonwealth is poised to announce that it will no longer defend the island’s same-sex marriage ban. El Nuevo Día reported Gov. Alejandro García Padilla’s administration is “contemplating” a “change of posture” and will “withdraw its support of the Puerto Rican statute that only recognizes marriage as a union between a man and a woman.” The governor — who is named as a defendant in a lawsuit against the U.S. commonwealth’s gay nuptials ban that two women from San Juan filed last March — has until Friday to submit a formal response to the case with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston which is considering the lawsuit.

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