Victory in Puerto Rico

Published: May 29, 2013

Today is an historic moment in Puerto Rico.

Governor Alejandro García Padilla signed into law civil rights legislation that finally provides sweeping nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people and their families and protects same-sex couples under Puerto Rico’s domestic violence law.

The Puerto Rican Legislature yesterday finished its legislative process by approving these two bills.

The Task Force has been at the forefront of this struggle, working alongside the Puerto Rican LGBT community for the past seven years, speaking out against hate crimes and anti-LGBT violence.  And last year the Task Force’s National Religious Leadership Roundtable met in Puerto Rico as a demonstration of the support of the faith community.

Even with this win though, we know the fight isn’t over. As we’ve seen across the country, most recently in New York City, as we advance in our rights and protections our community also faces a backlash: in Puerto Rico alone there have been 40 murders of LGBT people in the last decade.

We know there’s more work to do, and we know you’re with us.

Thank you for your support that has made this progress possible and allows us to keep working for full equality of all LGBT people and their families.

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