San Juan, Puerto Rico, Feb 21, 2013 / 16:10 pm
More than 100,000 people gathered outside the Puerto Rican capitol in San Juan on Feb. 18 to support the defense of marriage and family against proposed legislation on gay unions.
Puerto Rico for the Family organized the march, which brought together Christians of various denominations, as well as members of religiously unaffiliated pro-life and pro-family groups.
Media reports estimated a turnout of between 100,000 and 200,000, which is a record for Puerto Rico, an island with a population of only 3.6 million.
The president of the United Ministry for the Family, Dr. Cesar Vasquez Muniz, said the demonstration came about "in response to threats against marriage and the family."
The march "is an act to defend our rights and protect children," he said.