As reports Edge, Puerto Rico Senate late last month approved a provision that would eliminate sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ethnicity and religious beliefs from the hate crimes statute that was included in the penal code that lawmakers approved in 2004.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the amended penal code this week during an extraordinary legislative session that Gov. Luis Fortuño convened.
Sen. Eduardo Bhatia qualifies this decision "dangerous for the society," according to Primera Hora.
"Basically they took out the communities hardest hit by hate crimes in Puerto Rico out of the hate crimes statute," Pedro Julio Serrano of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force told EDGE. "It’s an outrage and now we’re calling upon the House to restore this to where it should be."
Puerto Rico is very dangerous for LGBT people. In the last 2 years, almost 24 people were murdered on the island and, of course, to remove LGBT people from hate crimes protections will not help to stop this violence.