SAN JUAN – The main opposition candidate for governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, said Friday he is opposed to same-sex marriage.
“I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. Having said that, it can’t be used as an excuse to discriminate against people who think differently,” the PPD hopeful said at a rally in the northern town of Trujillo Alto.
He said that everyone’s rights must be defended, after saying that marriage between a man and a woman is linked to Puerto Rico’s quality of life.
“If we want to improve the quality of life in Puerto Rico, if we want to propose real ideas that care for the family unit, we must favor that basic principle of Christianity that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Garcia Padilla said.
“We have to make sure that both that man and that woman have jobs, that they have adequate health services and that their children have access to an adequate education,” he said.
Garcia Padilla is hoping to deny a second term to Luis Fortuño, who favors U.S. statehood for Puerto Rico and has included on the November ballot a non-binding question on the island’s status.
While Puerto Ricans are mainly worried about crime and the island’s weak economy, the governor’s Republican-allied PNP is trying to make the status question a central issue in the campaign.
The PPD, which has ties to the Democrats, wants Puerto Rico to remain a commonwealth, though with greater autonomy from Washington. EFE