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 123 comments Comments 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.