A federal circuit court has restored marriage equality to Puerto Rico, confirming that last summer’s Supreme Court ruling applies to the U.S. territory.
Last month, district court judge Juan Pérez-Giménez upheld Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex marriage, insisting Obergefell v. Hodges did not apply there.
In its judgment yesterday, however, the First Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Pérez-Giménez’s judgment, stating that it “errs in so many respects that it is hard to know where to begin.”
“The constitutional rights at issue here are the rights to due process and equal protection,” it continued. “The district court both misconstrued that right and directly contradicted our mandate.”
Just to be safe, the Circuit Court issued a writ ordering the district court strike down the ban, and revoked Pérez-Giménez’s ability to hear the case, mandating it be assigned to a different judge.