The Sunday ceremony in San Juan’s colonial district is taking the couples through the traditional marriage vows following the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring every state to recognize same-sex marriages. The U.S. island’s governor signed an executive order soon after the June ruling.
Organizer Ada Conde says the mass ceremony is a “celebration of the triumph of love.” She is an attorney who filed a federal lawsuit seeking to have her same-sex marriage recognized in Puerto Rico prior to the Supreme Court decision.
The ceremony was criticized by the Roman Catholic bishop of Arecibo. Monsignor Daniel Fernandez Torres says same-sex marriages are “contrary to natural law.”
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