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Ricky Martin granted citizenship in Spain, fuels speculation of plans to marry

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Puerto Rican pop singer Ricky Martin has been granted citizenship in Spain, the country’s government has announced.

The move has fueled speculation that Martin, who came out in 2009, plans to marry his partner Carlos Gonzalez Abella.

Ricky Martin


Spokesman Jose Blanco told a news conference that ministers had agreed to grant him a “letter of naturalization”, issued in special circumstances, because of his “personal and professional links with Spain.”

Spanish newspaper El Pais reported that Martin sought citizenship in order to marry boyfriend Carlos Gonzalez Abella, with whom he is bringing up his twin three-year-old sons.

Spain passed legislation allowing same-sex marriages in 2005, only the third country to do so at the time, with 20,000 gay couples entering into marriage since.

Martin has previously suggested he wanted to get married, saying: “I would get married… There are many countries around the world where same-sex marriage is a right. Not in Puerto Rico, unfortunately. And not in many states in America.”

El Pais reported that Martin was not asked to renounce his Puerto Rican or U.S. citizenship.

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10 more reader comments:

  1. omg i hope i see him since i live there!

    Posted on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 11:17am
  2. hooray for Ricky Martin. He has a wonderful voice and is entitled toall the happiness life can give him

    Posted on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 11:23am
  3. What speculation, who cares?

    Posted on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 11:24am
  4. I hope so. Its a darn shame, the lengths we have to got through to marry the partner we love. America’s Republican Cancer HOMOPHOBIA!

    Posted on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 11:30am
  5. I am so glad for Ricky and his partner! What a shame they have to go overseas to do this! America what are we waiting for? Duh!

    Posted on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 11:54am
  6. Oh Ricky! I waited so long 4 U, but go ahead, marry HIM and be happy!!

    Posted on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 12:36pm
  7. Yay

    Posted on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 12:49pm
  8. Love you Ricky! On t’aime! Keep care!

    Posted on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 2:43pm
  9. My husband will be devastated!

    Posted on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 2:53pm
  10. Best of everything life has to offer Ricky!! Thank you for your wonderful songs and perfect voice. Wishing happiness forever for you and Carlos!

    Posted on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 3:29pm