On Friday October 17, 2014 a press conference took place in the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez about same sex marriage initiatives in Puerto Rico. In this press conference there were three panelists included Gustavo Vasquez, a psychology student at UPRM and he is also pursuing his master’s degree in psychology. Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, a novelist, a story writer and article writer and member of The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transvestite Transsexual community, Ricardo Ferrer is the educational coordinator of activities of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at UPRM.
Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro a resident of the San Juan who present via conference call, it was a privilege to have somebody who is so involve on what was happening in Puerto Rico with gay marriage rights. Told the audience that she “She did not care if she was looked at or criticized by people for kissing her female companion in public because I do not need the approval of any nobody”, and then subject addressed in the press conference how same sex marriage threats religious beliefs.
Panelists did not see eye to eye because Ricardo Ferrer talked about his experience with Christianity; he was taught with a good foundation of religion. So he did not struggle with things that he sees his other colleagues now passing through because he had a good guidance as a young boy and was cleared on his path and believe. Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro an atheist and do not want any part of her related with religion or God.
The press conference staid right on track and covered all the highly talk about topics about same sex rights and marriage. Is something that homosexual people do not have to do because they do not have to explain their self to nobody but they do it so people look it through their perspective.
The following months there has been a lot of talk in the media about whether the government should approve same sex marriage in Puerto Rico. It was reported by the newspaper “El Vocero” on October 21, 2014 that federal judge Juan Pérez Giménez desist mated the case, that Ada Condes, her partner and others had taken upon Puerto Rico government last March 25.
The judge explained that the Supreme Court can debated if it should be approved or not because they have the power of deciding what they think is right for Puerto Rico. The judge said that this decision is not against what the constitution says and the Supreme Court have the liberty to let same sex marriage or do not allow this. These couples explained their self and said in the news report that they are proud to be a citizens of Puerto Rico and that they just want the right to marry.
On the other part “El Nuevo Día” released an article Friday October 25, 2014 that in 32 states same sex marriage will be accepted. The report says that with every new state that same sex marriage is legalized, we are more close to equality. With this recognition they say that same sex marriage have the same benefits as straight couples have. There are still other states that do not approve of this marriage says the report.