Puerto Rican Republican Gov. Luis Fortuño channels his stateside GOP buddies and says the commonwealth's current laws banning same-sex marriage don't go far enough. Fortuño wants discrimination enshrined in the Constitution.
While Puerto Rican laws already ban same-sex marriages and prohibit the recognition of same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions, religious organizations fear the laws could be changed by future governing administrations and thus are seeking a constitutional ban on gay marriages.... Gay rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano blasted the governor over his position on same-sex marriage. "Finally, we learn the truth about his posture on Resolution 99. For months, he hid behind a language so as not to appear that he was discriminating but he has now done the opposite. It is inconceivable for a governor to support having one group of citizens abused against a minority. As the world moves towards the recognition of same-sex rights, just as Portugal did, in granting today same-sex marriage, in Puerto Rico we want to perpetuate injustice and discrimination."
Fortuño resisted efforts to classify the recent horrific murder and dismemberment of 19-year-old Jorge Steven López Mercado as a hate crime. The Puerto Rico Department of Justice ultimately and reluctantly did so under the threat of federal intervention. To date, Fortuño has yet to publicly comment on the case.