May 4, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Sunday signed an executive order legalizing medical marijuana. The order refers to several US studies that show the therapeutic use of the plant in treating different medical conditions including pain associated with AIDS, glaucoma, migraines, ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Puerto Rican officials announced Friday that Puerto Rico is ending its defense of a same-sex marriage ban. Article 68 of Puerto Rico's Civil Code contains the territory's same-sex marriage rules. Justice Secretary César Miranda stated, "It neither fair nor correct to defend the constitutionality ...[read more]
October 22, 2014
by Vanessa Griffith
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Puerto Rico's same-sex marriage ban. Puerto Rico Para Todos brought the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs, five same-sex couples, arguing that Article 68 of Puerto Rico's civil code, ...[read more]
September 25, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) on Monday filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) accusing the US government of committing human rights violations in Vieques island, part of Puerto Rico. The petition was filed on behalf of 10 Vieques residents who have cancer ...[read more]
July 19, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday entered into an agreement with the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to reform the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD). Speaking in San Juan, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the details of the agreement, which include creating a new task force, ...[read more]
May 25, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
Puerto Rico's House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation in places of employment. According to media sources, the bill originally included protections for commercial transactions, housing, governmental services, ...[read more]
February 22, 2013
by Jaclyn Clifford
Puerto Rico's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a law banning same-sex couples from adopting children. The case was brought by a woman who wanted to adopt the child of her partner of 20 years. In a 5-4 judgment, the court upheld the constitutionality of a law making it legally impossible for a ...[read more]
February 6, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On February 6, 1899, the US Senate passed a resolution ratifying the Treaty of Paris, effectively ending the Spanish-American War. The treaty, which was drafted and originally signed in 1898 by President William McKinley, did not officially go into effect until April 11, 1899, ending the one year ...[read more]
November 7, 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove
Puerto Rican voters elected to become the fifty-first US state in a non-binding referendum on Tuesday. The referendum was presented in a two-question format. Nearly 54 percent of Puerto Rican voters wanted to change the island territory's relationship with the US, and a resounding 61 percent of ...[read more]
August 8, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging a new Puerto Rican law that limits the rights of protesters in the commonwealth. The new law, approved by Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuno last week, bans certain kinds of protests and includes penalties of up to ...[read more]

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