The former beauty queens’ , Fabiola Valentin of Puerto Rico and Mariana Valera of Argentina announced that they had secretly married.
The joint Instagram post, rose celebration in LGBTQ communities across Latin America, a region that has historically logged on gay rights but has made small steps in recent year.
“After deciding to keep our relationship private ,we’re opening the doors on this special day ,28/10/22,” Valentin and Valera said in their announcement posted on Sunday.
The post includes, a video montage of their relationship , including the two on vacations , at bars and on the beach at sunset. There is a view of gold and silver balloons reading ‘Marry Me?” and the two together after the proposal.
The video ends with Valentin and Valera dressed in white kissing outside the courthouse in San Juan , Puerto Rico.
Once not acceptable in the U.S. territory, same- sex marriage became legal in Puerto Rico in 2015 after the U.S . Supreme Court ruled such bans unconstitutional . In 2020, new codes came into place on the island adding additional LGBTQ protections.
The two women met at the Miss Grand International competition in Thailand 2020. Where they represented their countries . They continued to post on social media together since.
Furthermore, the marriage announcement was met with a swell of celebration on social media , which the couple responded with joy.
“Thank you for all the love! we are happy and joyful,” wrote Valera.
Though LGBTQ community is still not acceptable in some countries , the few countries that accepts LGBTQ community respect their rights. But with time, people will accept the LGBTQ community.
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