This sure was a happy weekend in Puerto Rico! On Sunday, more than 60 couples said "I do" in a same-sex wedding in the capital city of San Juan, U.S. News reports. The mass ceremony, which included traditional marriage vows and exchanges of rings, comes just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.
Soon after the Supreme Court issued their ruling, Puerto Rico's governor signed an executive order complying. Previously, the U.S. territory prohibited same-sex marriage and the recognition of such marriages as well as barred gay couples from adopting children — laws which have since been struck down.
Most of the couples wed in the mass ceremony were Puerto Ricans, but others from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Venezuela were also married. Organizer Ada Conde, an attorney who filed a federal lawsuit seeking to have her same-sex marriage recognized in Puerto Rico prior to the Supreme Court decision, said Sunday's ceremony was a "celebration of the triumph of love."
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Puerto Rican gay rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano described the ceremony as "a historic moment for our community," while he carried an umbrella adorned with the colors of the rainbow. "After so many years, we are finally able to marry here in Puerto Rico," he said from the promenade in Old San Juan as couples gathered in suits and wedding dresses.
From D.C. to Florida to the 2014 Grammy's, mass same-sex weddings have been popping up across the country in the past year — complete with celebrity officiants like Queen Latifah and Guy Fieri — and it's safe to assume even more of these grand nuptial celebrations will take place following the Supreme Court's historic ruling.