February 27, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Puerto Rico governor opposes adoption ruling
Alejandro García Padilla, Puerto Rico, Washington Blade, gay news

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla (Public domain photo by the U.S. Department of Labor)

WASHINGTON—Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla told a local newspaper on Monday that sexual orientation should not determine who is eligible to adopt a child in the American commonwealth.

The governor’s comments, which he made while in D.C. for the annual National Governors Association meeting, come less than a week after the Puerto Rico Supreme Court narrowly upheld the island’s gay adoption ban. Gay singer Ricky Martin and LGBT rights advocate Pedro Julio Serrano are among those who blasted the decision.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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