May 8, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Ricky Martin writes to lawmakers
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Ricky Martin (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—Ricky Martin has urged Puerto Rican lawmakers to support measures that would extend adoption and other legal protections to the island’s LGBT residents.

“The same rights for all Puerto Rican citizens, this is what we are asking for,” the newspaper el Nuevo Día on Tuesday reported he wrote in a letter to Gov. Alejandro García Padilla and members of the Puerto Rico Senate and House of Representatives. “We hope to achieve this goal for a country of justice and peace that we want.”

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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