Puerto Rico’s Attorney General has filed a motion for the courts to reconsider a law denying gay couples the right to adopt children. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Puerto Rico denies gays right to adopt children

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court has narrowly voted to uphold a law banning gay couples from adopting children.

Wednesday’s 5-4 vote comes in the case of an unidentified woman who sought to adopt a child that her partner had through in vitro fertilization.

Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin, a longtime advocate for LGBT rights, tweeted his disappointment in Spanish, saying “How sad. This I see as turning your back on childhood. So many orphans wanting to have the warmth of home.”

A majority of judges upheld the constitutionality of a law specifying that a family is comprised of a mother and father, saying that is best for a child’s dignity and well-being.

Chief Justice Federico Hernandez Denton dissented. He also said that the plaintiff’s attorneys proved the adoption would benefit the child.

The vote comes as Puerto Rican legislators prepare to debate several bills that would extend more rights to gays and lesbians.

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