“Historic Yes to Equality”

The Senate of Puerto Rico passed an LGBT anti-discrimination bill on Thursday on a vote of 15-11.

The bill (PS-238) would amend Puerto Rico’s existing anti-discrimination laws, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the classes already protected against discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and government services.

“The bill’s passage comes three days after San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz mandated the Puerto Rican capital’s police department to equally apply the island’s current domestic violence laws, regardless of the reported victim’s sexual orientation. She also signed a second executive order that bans discrimination against the city’s municipal employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression,” reports Washington Blade.

The bill now moves to the House for consideration.  Gov. Alejandro García Padilla supports the bill.

Use the hash tag #PS238 to follow commentary on the bill on Twitter.

In the video below, watch Pedro Julio Serrano of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and openly gay council member Pedro Peters Maldonado celebrate passage of the bill by the Senate: