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Wed, 29 May 2013 10:19:49 CDT

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^Puerto Rico governor signs bills for gay rights<
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     SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ Puerto Rico's governor has signed a
bill that prohibits employment discrimination based on gender or
sexual orientation.

     Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Wednesday that he met his
obligations as a Christian by signing the bill and congratulated
legislators on approving the proposal.

     The original measure would have also banned discrimination in
commercial transactions, property rentals, public transportation
and other circumstances. Those clauses were removed after heavy
opposition by religious groups.

     Most government agencies in the U.S. territory already have
anti-discriminatory policies, but human rights activists say they
are often not enforced.

     Garcia also signed a separate bill that extends a domestic
violence law to gay couples.


     (Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

     APDP 05-29-13 1018CDT<


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