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Puerto Rico to debate new gay rights, gender bills

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Religious groups in Puerto Rico are protesting proposed laws that would allow gay and lesbian couples to adopt and would establish a public school curriculum examining gender issues including sexual orientation.

A large Christian organization, Puerto Rico for Family, said Wednesday it will seek two constitutional amendments to limit marriage to heterosexual couples and to award parents the sole right to educate their children on gender matters.

Legislators are expected to soon debate the pending legislation as the U.S. territory pushes for expanded gay rights amid heavy opposition from religious groups.

The proposals come just months after the island's Supreme Court narrowly voted to uphold a local law banning adoptions by same-sex parents. The judges said it was up to legislators to change the adoption law if they saw fit.

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