From Invisibility, Twisting & Straightness, All Families Have Something (In Spanish)

Revista Cayey, No. 89, p. 71, November 2009

13 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2011

Date Written: January 31, 2011


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.

Note: Downloadable document is in Spanish.

Keywords: Twisted Families, Traditional Family, Liberal State, Thomas Rivera Schatz, Normalization, Puerto Rico, Marriage

Suggested Citation

Rosario Lebrón, Aníbal, From Invisibility, Twisting & Straightness, All Families Have Something (In Spanish) (January 31, 2011). Revista Cayey, No. 89, p. 71, November 2009, Available at SSRN:

Aníbal Rosario Lebrón (Contact Author)

Howard University School of Law ( email )

2900 Van Ness Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
United States

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