Puerto Rico Supreme Court Upholds Gay Adoption Ban
Decision comes on 5-4 vote
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 20, 2013 2:25 PM CST
Gay adoption will remain illegal in Puerto Rico.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Puerto Rico's Supreme Court has narrowly voted to uphold a law banning gay couples from adopting children. Today's 5-4 vote comes in the case of an unidentified woman who sought to adopt a child that her partner had through in-vitro fertilization. A majority of judges upheld the constitutionality of a law specifying that a family includes a mother and father because that is best for a child's dignity and well-being.

Chief Justice Federico Hernandez Denton dissented, saying that the plaintiff's attorneys proved the adoption would benefit the child. The decision comes as Puerto Rican legislators prepare to debate several bills that would extend more rights to gays and lesbians.

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texron
Feb 21, 2013 8:17 PM CST
One day there will be no gays; as science advances we will find the biotic reasons for homosexuality and be able to correct this abnormality. Before you attack my reasoning please think about it. One day in the future(near or distant) the Doctor comes in and tells the Parents that if not corrected they will deliver a homosexual infant...if you had this information what would you do...have a Gay child or opt to correct this abnormality? I do believe however that all people should be treated with respect and dignity and hate is evil !
newsderp
Feb 21, 2013 8:26 AM CST
I bet you do a study and find that gays with adopted kids end up raising their child in a better environment. There's really one factor, gays can't accidentally have children they don't want. There isn't that extra population of unwanted pregnancies. Let's see that study, it's a glaring factor that needs to be addressed.
Steve4freedom
Feb 21, 2013 5:33 AM CST
This is my question: How Can A Man Find "Love" In Another Man's Hairy, Sh**y Ass?