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No right to marriage, Puerto Rican judge says – Lambda Legal to appeal

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Lambda Legal said it will appeal the ruling of a federal judge in Puerto Rico that the commonwealth’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. On October 21, U.S. District Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez dismissed a suit challenging Puerto Rico’s ban on Gay and Lesbian marriages ‘for want of a substantial federal question.’ Perez-Gimenez was merely repeating language the U.S. Supreme Court used in the 1972 Baker v. Nelson case, in which it also dismissed a suit challenging Minnesota’s ban on same-sex marriage. The high court’s reasoning at that time was that regulating marriage is a matter for state and not federal law. ‘Baker, which necessarily decided that a state law defining marriage as a union between a man and woman does not violate the Fourteenth Amendment, remains good law,’ Perez-Gimenez wrote in his opinion. ‘Because no right to same-gender marriage emanates fr

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