April 14, 2015 at 2:28 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Federal appeals court delays Puerto Rico marriage case

Ivonne Álvarez Velez, Pedro Julio Serrano, Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, Ada Conde Vidal, gay news, Washington Blade

A federal appeals court on April 14, 2015, announced it has delayed oral arguments in a case against Puerto Rico’s same-sex marriage ban that Ivonne Álvarez Vélez, left, and Ada Conde Vidal, right, filed last year. (Photo courtesy of Pedro Julio Serrano)

A federal appeals court has delayed oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging Puerto Rico’s same-sex marriage ban.

A one paragraph ruling the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston released on Tuesday states “it is premature to set an oral argument date at this time” because of the four marriage cases that are currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ada Conde Vidal and Ivonne Álvarez Vélez of San Juan in March 2014 filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in order to force the U.S. commonwealth to recognize their Massachusetts marriage. Four additional same-sex couples and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, a Puerto Rican LGBT advocacy group, joined the case three months later.

U.S. District Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez last October dismissed the case, but the plaintiffs appealed it to the 1st Circuit that includes Puerto Rico within its jurisdiction.

The Puerto Rican government last month announced it will no longer defend the island’s same-sex marriage ban.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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