Puerto Rican Senate approves LGBT rights bill

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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz. - PHOTO: Wikipedia

Puerto Rico’s Senate on May 16 approved legislation to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The measure now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

The Senate vote was 15-11.

The Washington Blade reported that debate on the measure, which was introduced in January, took several hours.

On May 17, a Senate committee will take up proposed legislation extending adoption rights to gays and lesbians in the U.S. territory.

Meanwhile, the Blade said, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz has required the police department to apply domestic violence laws equally, regardless of the victim’s sexual orientation.

Cruz also signed an order barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in city employment.

Editor’s note: This will be updated.