Ricky Martin Rallies Against New Hate Crime Laws
12/07/2011 - 11:15 ||
Ricky Martin is none too happy with Puerto Rico’s Senate right now.
Fox News Latino is reporting that the Boricua superstar has expressed disapproval over a move by the body to amend a hate-crime law. Why is the 39-year-old so upset, exactly? Because the change in the law would reportedly remove the protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of Puerto Rico.
Martin took to his website to express his feelings over the move. “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,” Martin wrote. The gorgeous singer came out as a gay man last year via his website and since then has been outwardly proud about his sexuality. “I am very blessed to be who I am,” he wrote in a long address on his website.
As for the plan for Puerto Rico’s hate-crime law, Fox News Latino also reports that 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).
The lower house of the Puerto Rican legislature will reportedly take up the Senate measure.
In his address, Martin added that some politicians in Puerto Rico are “promoting inequality and hate,” while great nations focus on providing their citizens with basic rights.
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