February 27, 2013
Just last week, Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court upheld a law that prohibits joint adoption by gay couples. In a 5-4 decision, the court said a woman could not adopt a 12-year-old girl whom her longtime partner conceived through in vitro fertilization. In the majority opinion the court stated a family composed of a mother and father is best for a child’s “dignity, stability and well-being.” A few days later state senator Víctor Vassallo Anadón compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia, wondering why homosexuality was not outlawed. He has since apologized but his words show a great deal of prejudice and ignorance. As a Puerto Rican man it hurts even more—it’s personal!
Our own Wilson Cruz wrote this terrific op-ed.