Yesterday, history was made in the United States after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the nation.
After the historic news broke, Puerto Rico, a United States territory, immediately pushed for same-sex marriage reform in the country. Billboard reports:
According to The Associated Press, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed an executive order requiring government agencies in Puerto Rico to become compliant with the ruling within 15 days. Subsequently, the island’s Health Department is expected to start issuing marriage licenses within 30 days.
Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin was overwhelmed with joy when the news broke and said this in a statement:
This ruling opens the path for a Puerto Rico that is free of discrimination and recognizes the right to love for all couples. I trust that this will be the first step to end discrimination of any kind and that we can all learn to recognize the right to equality.
We hope to see the same happen in Puerto Rico.
SOURCE: Billboard | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty