Puerto Rico has ended its ban on gay marriage—earning themselves a hearty standing ovation from humanitarians around the globe. The U.S. territory's justice department announced on Friday (March 20) that it will not defend the the commonwealth's current laws barring same-sex marriage.
"It's neither fair nor correct to defend the constitutionality of that law," Puerto Rican Justice Secretary Cesar Miranda told the Associated Press. "Same-sex couples cannot get married and therefore do not have access to those rights. They should be available to all those who love each other, who take care of each other, who work and contribute to this society like everyone else."
These new resolutions were spurred by a lawsuit filed by Puerto Rican gay couples last year, which challenged the constitutionality of Puerto Rican laws decrying and prohibiting same-sex marriages.
And one Puerto Rican is especially proud: Ricky Martin, who came out as gay in 2010, took to Twitter with a message of gratitude in his native Spanish.
According to The Advocate, the first sentence translates to, “My gratitude to Governor Alejandro García Padilla for demonstrating that he is a leader who is not afraid to of the challenges of the present.” It goes on to read, "Today is a great day for my island, the heart out of my chest. How proud I am to live in a country of equality. I love you Puerto Rico," as per Jezebel.
What all of this translates to is an incredible revolution of love and acceptance sweeping through the United States and its territories. Puerto Rico, take your place proudly alongside the 37 U.S. states currently recognizing gay marriage. We salute you!