From Invisibility, Twisting & Straightness, All Families Have Something (In Spanish)
Aníbal Rosario Lebrón
Howard University School of Law
January 31, 2011
Revista Cayey, No. 89, p. 71, November 2009
This article analyzes how the concept of family displayed in the Puerto Rican legal system as well as the underlying reasons for its regulation clash with the basic formulations of the liberal State. The discussion departs from the statements made by the Speaker of the Senate of Puerto Rico, Thomas Rivera Schatz, to the extent that the recently appointed Justices of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico will defend the rights of the Puerto Rican family, and the traditional values of the family, and not the twisted family that some wish to be impose in Puerto Rico by court and/or legislative action. First, the article shows how the State recognizes, contrary to what the senator argues, that there is more than one possible family arrangement. It also highlights the fact that there is not an unequivocal legal definition of family. However, the article stresses how the State dictates through its policies, public campaigns, the research it supports, the curricula of schools, and/or the artistic works it funds what kind or family arrangement is right and which one is twisted. Various examples of the previous are given by analyzing through Van Dijk's proposal of critical analysis of macro-structures the last census, current and proposed legislation, and case law from the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. Last, the article argues how this normalization that occurs by privileging one family arrangement over the others is contrary to the postulates of the liberal State on which the government of Puerto Rico is grounded.
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Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: Twisted Families, Traditional Family, Liberal State, Thomas Rivera Schatz, Normalization, Puerto Rico, Marriage
Date posted: February 2, 2011