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Federal Judge Upholds Traditional Marriage in Puerto Rico
A federal judge appointed by President Jimmy Carter has ruled against a lawsuit filed by a group of homosexuals trying to overturn laws in Puerto Rico that ban same-sex marriage. The five same-sex couples ‚Äúhad challenged the constitutionality of several local laws, including a 1902 code that defines marriage as between a man and a woman,‚ÄĚ reported the Associated Press.
U.S. District Court Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez, appointed by Carter in 1979, issued a 21-page decision that effectively defended traditional marriage while criticizing the majority of judges who have overturned voter-passed state constitutional amendments defining marriage as between a man and woman. Perez-Gimenez warned that dismantling traditional marriage would seriously compromise political order in the nation. The U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 ruling that overturned key portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has...