ricky-martin
by Jennifer Mishler
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Photo: B. Proud/Human Rights Campaign

Ricky Martin is speaking out against a proposed bill that would amend Puerto Rico’s hate crime legislation. The changes would exclude gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens from protection.

According to Fox News Latino
, Martin wrote “I’m very sad about the turn the discussion on Criminal Law is taking in Puerto Rico that proposes the elimination of aggravating factors in cases where crimes are committed out of prejudice toward the victim.” The singer continued to say that Puerto Rico is “promoting inequality and hate,” instead of providing basic rights to all of its citizens. “They ought to do their homework and review a little the Universal Declaration of Human Rights…which says that everyone – the citizens – are equal before the law and have, without distinction, the right to equal protection under the law.”

The American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) chapter in Puerto Rico and Amnesty International have also spoken out about the possible changes. The ACLU will speak to legislators and urge them not to support the bill.

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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  • Funinsnow

    I don’t know why Jennifer Mishler is writing about a topic which has nothing to do with animal welfare. But as Jennifer Mishler in her profile says she loves animals, then I hope she is against sex changes mutilations. Sex changes if Jennifer Mishler doesn’t know was 1st done on animals. If Jennifer Mishler is an animal lover, then she has to oppose sex changes. I believe in abolishing sex changes because it’s maiming men & women to make them artificial members of opposite sex. Abolish sex changes.

    As to violence against gays, does Jennifer Mishler know that almost all the violence whether it’s assault&battery or murder cases involving gays are almost always domestic violence cases? If some1 commits a violent crime, then they should be punished for it. Only a few cases of gay bashings are straight men bashing or killing gays. What I’ve found with this is that they’re almost always men reacting or overreacting to criminal abuse the gay did. I am peaceful & oppose starting fights. But if a gay is going to be anti-social such as harass a man (proposing to some1 straight or no after they’ve said no is harassment) or commit assault&battery on a man (such as grab man’s groin against will), then a man has a right to use just force to end the abuse. If a man bashes or kills a gay after the gay grabbed the man’s butt or groin against will, then while the man may have overreacted, he overreacted to crime (assault&battery) the gay did.