Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL), a long-time champion of LGBT rights, called for the passage of three bills in the Puerto Rican Legislature to protect the rights of all Puerto Ricans by protecting the rights of LGBT individuals and couples. Senate bill 238 would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment. House bill 488 would add language to the domestic violence law to protect all couples, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and marital status. Senate bill 437 would make it clear in adoption law that sexual orientation and gender identity plays no role in determining what is in the best interest of the child. Rep. Gutierrez issued the following statement:
"I applaud the Puerto Rican Legislature for moving in the right direction on protecting the civil and human rights of all Puerto Ricans by eliminating discrimination and exclusion targeted at the LGBT community. These bills deserve the support of Puerto Ricans across the political spectrum. The Legislature must set a high standard against discrimination, against exclusion, against scapegoating and stereotypes, one that reflects the high moral, ethical, and egalitarian instincts of the Puerto Rican people."