Looking Out: Same-sex couple files marriage lawsuit in Puerto Rico
By By Michael Gold
The Baltimore Sun|
Mar 27, 2014 | 3:13 PM
A lesbian couple married in Massachusetts filed a lawsuit this week looking for recognition of their marriage in Puerto Rico.
Ada Conde and Ivonne Alvarez married in Massachusetts in 2004. Because Puerto Rico signed a law in 1999 that defined marriage as between a man and a woman, the couple's union is not recognized in the commonwealth.
In the lawsuit, Conde writes that Puerto Rico's lack of recognition for her marriage prevented Alvarez from making medical decisions during Conde's daughter's heart surgery.
The pair also wrote that the inability to have their marriage recognized by Puerto Rico has caused them "severe humiliation, emotional distress, pain, suffering, psychological harm and stigma."
Let's move on to other news:
Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn came out in Rolling Stone this week. By far my favorite line in the article (and if you've been reading, this won't surprise you): "I've gotten tired of kind-of gay or straight people being pop culture's gay [spokespeople] – like Macklemore."
The NFL is still waiting for an openly gay player, but Sweden has its first openly gay American-style football player. Wide receiver Marcus Juhlin, whjo plays for the Carlstad Crusaders, took a step out of the closet in an interview with a Swedish magazine. Pretty incredible, right? Football in Sweden?
In a more-safe-for-work-than-you'd-expect interview with Out, adult film star and Charm City resident Colby Keller totally reps for Baltimore. "I came to Baltimore for Art School and fell in love with it," he told Out. "It's less expensive than most bigger cities and the art scene is phenomenal for a city of its size." You can make your own size joke here.
And that's all the news we've got this week. And, I should say, that's all the news I've got for Gay Matters. Starting next week, Kevin Rector will take over Looking Out duties. I've enjoyed chronicling the LGBT happenings in the world for the last few months. Thanks for reading!