Friday, May 24, 2013

Puerto Rico approves anti-discrimination bill - AP

May 24, 2013, 4:16 pm

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Legislators in Puerto Rico have approved a bill that outlaws employment discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation.
Opponents of the bill prayed on the steps of the seaside Capitol building on Friday as lawmakers voted on the measure, which was widely rejected by religious organizations in the conservative U.S. territory.
The original measure was broader and would have also banned discrimination involving commercial transactions, property rentals and public transportation, among others. It's a step that about half of U.S. states have taken.
That original measure was approved 15-11 by the U.S. territory's Senate last week, but the House of Representatives amended the bill.
Legislators also approved a separate bill that extends a domestic violence law to gay couples.
The governor is expected to sign both bills.

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