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Puerto Rico’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

Puerto Rico’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

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The U.S. Commonwealth takes a step in the right direction.

Though countrywide marriage equality in the United States is still in its fledgling stages it's already spreading from the mainland.

Earlier today, a panel of judges with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Puerto Rico's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional.

According to the Washington Blade, Ada Conde Vidal and Ivonne Alvarez Velez filed a lawsuit in March 2014 in their district court to force the U.S. commonwealth to recognize their Massachusetts marriage. A few months afterward, four more same-sex couples and a Puerto Rican LGBT advocacy group joined them.

After their case was dismissed, the plaintiffs appealed to the 1st Circuit Court, which holds Puerto Rico in its jurisdiction and, just 13 days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, Puerto Ricans have something to celebrate too.

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