Martin Speaks Out Against a Proposed Change to Puerto Rico’s Anti-Hate Laws

Puerto Rico’s Senate wants to amend the commonwealth’s anti-hate laws and Ricky Martin isn’t happy about it!

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican superestrella took to his website to denounce a proposed amendment that would reportedly remove the protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from the “codigo penal de Puerto Rico.”


“I’m very sad about the turn the discussion on Criminal Law is taking in Puerto Rico that proposes the elimination of aggravating factors in cases where crimes are committed out of prejudice toward the victim,” wrote Martin.

Martin—who has been outwardly proud of his sexuality after coming out as a gay man last year—added, “Today, when great nations are focused on providing its citizens basic rights, some politicians of my country promote inequality and hatred.”

But Martin isn’t the only one speaking out…

The Puerto Rican chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union recently expressed its opposition to the Senate bill that would eliminate the factor in hate crimes against LGBT people and foreigners (principally represented on Puerto Rico by Dominicans), according to Fox News Latino.

The lower house of the Puerto Rican legislature will reportedly take up the Senate measure.

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