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.