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05/09/2013 05:54 pm ET

Ricky Martin On Puerto Rico's Gay Rights: 'We Are Asking For The Same Rights For Every Citizen'

AP

Ricky Martin has something to say when it comes to gay rights in Puerto Rico.

The Puerto Rican singer and TV personality is calling on the Government of Puerto Rico to do justice, and extend rights for the LGBT community, by approving new sets of projects in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

"The same rights for each and every citizen of Puerto Rico, that's what we are asking for, and that's what we hope to achieve, the country of justice and peace we want. Puerto Rico has to join all the countries of the world that are at the forefront in human rights and equality," said Martin in a press release published in his website.

The star is specifically asking the island’s government to support the projects of the Senate 238, and House of Representatives 488 and 437. The initiatives seek to promote equality and prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in any governmental, public or private workplace.

They would also amend the 54 Law of domestic violence in order to include provisions that apply to same-sex couples, and eliminate any provision of gender as a barrier to adoption.

It is not the first time Ricky Martin gets involved in Puerto Rico’s social and political movements. The new “The Voice Australia” judge, has been very vocal in the past supporting the cancellation of polemic TV show “SuperXclusivo” and La Comay, as well as asking for a new and “serious statehood plebiscite.”

He has also turned to social media repeatedly to express his concern regarding Puerto Rico’s decision to deny gay couples the right to adopt children.

“How sad," the star wrote in Twitter back on February. "This is like turning your back on children. So many orphans wanting to have the warmth of a home."

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