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 Topic: Puerto Rican bigot vows to keep same-sex out of Civil Code..

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Robert Mc  



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Physical Location: Metro San Juan, Puerto Rico

Posted: 1 Mar 2007, 5:36 pm    Post subject: Puerto Rican bigot vows to keep same-sex out of Civil Code.. Reply with quote

To: Readers' Viewpoint - The San Juan Star

From: Robert McCarroll - Carolina, Puerto Rico


Regarding "De Castro Font vows to keep same-sex unions out of Code" - The San Juan Star - Thursday, March 1, 2007 - Page 6...

P.R. Senator De Castro Font is Puerto Rico's version of U.S. Senator Trent Lott. -- De Castro Font uses a legislative ploy to deny a democratic debate and vote on same-sex unions in the Puerto Rico Senate. Trent Lott had used a similar legislative ploy to deny a debate and vote on statehood in the United States Senate. The odds were that if a debate and a vote were allowed on the U.S. Senate floor Puerto Rico would most likely would be a state today. As a statehooder, how can De Castro Font in good conscience use the same dirty trick used by Trent Lott? Doesn't he honor any American democratic principles as a legislative leader?

Why did we permit one man to usurp power to deny statehood to Puerto Rico in the United States Senate and now allow one man to usurp power to deny same-sex unions to even be considered in the Puerto Rico Senate? Doesn't the voters care about protecting our American democracy? A dictatorship denies free speech and the right to vote on issues. The Puerto Rico Legislature should be allowed to debate and vote on same-sex unions. One man should not be able to deny a debate and a vote on any issue!

Would Americans, especially gay voters and their supporters, residing in the fifty states want Puerto Rico to become the fifty-first state with anti-democratic powerbrokers like De Castro possibly becoming members of the United States Congress?

Robert McCarroll - Carolina, Puerto Rico

(For your information copies of this letter with the STAR's news report being sent to the straight and gay media in the fifty states...)
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De Castro Font angers Báez Calib over Civil Code
Posted: Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 09:03 AM

SAN JUAN (AP) – An angry Popular Democratic Party Sen. Eudaldo Báez Galib stormed out of the Civil Code hearings after his New Progressive Party counterpart, Jorge de Castro Font, said most of the amendments proposed for the Family Institutions Book will not pass on to the full Senate.

“The majority of the proposed changes that have been included in this draft, never will I let them pass on to the full Senate of Puerto Rico,” vowed De Castro Font, who co-chairs the Permanent Joint Committee for Civil Code Revision and Reform.

After that comment, Báez Galib walked out of the hearings. Later, he said De Castro Font’s attitude is incorrect.

“I cannot tolerate the chairman giving the impression that his is the only vote that counts. Instead of arguing with him I preferred to leave (the hearings). He is assuming a position I believe is incorrect,” he explained.

At Wednesday’s hearings, several Protestant organizations rejected the proposed Civil Code amendments recognizing domestic partnerships between both heterosexual and homosexual couples.

The religious groups argued the amendments would open the door for same-sex couples to receive similar rights to those now received by married couples.

Myrna López Peña of the Christian Jurists Alliance said the ideology of conceding more rights to homosexuals in matters of adoption and marriage “rests on a single mistaken belief that homosexuality is normal behavior.”

Rev. Efraín Márquez Correo, president of the Pentecostal Fraternity, argued the Civil Code draft proposes changes that infringe on the basic values of the people and against such fundamental social institutions as marriage and family.

“These changes would affect all of Puerto Rican society and would have a serious impact on future generations, on our sons and daughters,” he declared.

Márquez Correo recommended not giving legal recognition to domestic partners, not authorizing sex changes on a birth certificate, and not permitting the use of genetic materials from a third or unknown party for procreation.

He also asked to include joint custody as the primary option in divorce cases, “unless there are conditions that would adversely affect the welfare of the children, which would require awarding custody to one of them.”

Dr. Otoniel Font Nadal, president of the Fountain of Living Water Christian Missionary Council, said the proposed amendments are made-to-order.

“It has been shown that the work done by the Joint Committee to present a new Family Institutions Book responds to particular views that ignore the values and morals of the Puerto Rican population by importing values from Quebec and Spain that are not known in Puerto Rico,” he added.

Source: www.prWOW.com
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Robert Mc  



Joined: 15 Jan 2004
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Interests: Politics, gay issues, human rights, classical and ethnic music and art, alcoholism and drug addiction recovery, health and fitness, spirituality... We need support to fight homophobia by a hardcore of religious and political leaders who managed to con
Physical Location: Metro San Juan, Puerto Rico

Posted: 1 Mar 2007, 7:23 pm    Post subject: Should stateside glbtq send message to Puerto Rico bigots? Reply with quote

Should stateside glbtq people and supporters send a loud and angry message to Puerto Rico's anti-gay bigots in government and religious zealots making governmental decisions?

Many years ago the City of Denver and Corrs Beer's owners were anti-gay. Finally, the gay community had enough of their anti-gay hate and boycotted both Denver and Corrs. Tourists stopped visiting Denver. Glbtq people and supporters stopped buying Corrs. The same treatment was given to the anti-gay owners of Minute Maid in Florida.

Finally, these bigots got the message. They stopped being anti-gay. Money talks especially when a boycott cuts off funds. Coors became extremely gay friendly. Today, Corrs is one of the biggest selling beers in the glbtq communities across the nation. Is it time to send a similiar message to the anti-gay powerbrokers in Puerto Rico?

I often fantasize that the entire network of glbtq people, relatives and friends across the United States -- the fifty states -- became aware of the anti-bigots and religious zealots running the government of Puerto Rico, especially bigots like Puerto Rico's Senator Jorge De Castro Font.

I dream that glbtq Americans residing in the states finally decide to come to the help of their brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico as was done with the City of Denver, Coors Beer and Minute Maid. Money talks especially when it is made not available.

There is no separation of Church and State in Puerto Rico. Maybe, there should be a demand that the U.S. Congress cut federal funding to the island's anti-gay religious bigots and zealots. Hit them in the pocket book. No separation of Church and State in Puerto Rico.... No federal funding or tax breaks to anti-gay religious groups not allowing American-style democracy to function in Puerto Rico.

NPP Jorge Castro de Font is for statehood for Puerto Rico. There are several other New Progressive Party leaders who are anti-gay bigots. They want statehood. If Puerto Rico became a state, these anti-gay bigots in the NPP would be members of the U.S. Congress and have voting power in the Congress. Perhaps, a requirement for statehood should be that statehood leaders should not be anti-gay bigots or religious zealots.

Get rid of the anti-gay politicians if you want statehood or federal funding.

I wish glbtq focus groups and gay rights advocate will investigate and determine if they want a fifty-first state made up mostly of anti-gay bigots and religious zealots who hate gay people. It is time to investigate Puerto Rico's record for gay rights.

Billions of federal dollars are distributed to Puerto Rico each year. A percentage of these federal funds come from glbtq taxpayers in the states. If Puerto Rico's governmental and religious leaders do not respect gay people, they should refuse to accept gay money. They take glbtq money and do not respect glbtq people. That does not make sense!
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Robert Mc  



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Physical Location: Metro San Juan, Puerto Rico

Posted: 2 Mar 2007, 5:52 am    Post subject: For more info on Puerto Rico's bigots, access this link... Reply with quote

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LUISFORTUNO2008/messages?o=1

For more facts and viewpoints on Puerto Rico's anti-gay problem check out this internet link... Read the many postings... Post your own comments...
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