A mass ceremony in Puerto Rico’s capital of San Juan took place Sunday with 60 same-sex couples exchanging vows.
Puerto Rican gay rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano called the ceremony “a historic moment for our community. After so many years, we are finally able to marry here in Puerto Rico.”
The event organizer Ada Conde called it “a celebration of triumph of love.” Conde is an attorney that filed a federal lawsuit to have her same-sex marriage recognized in Puerto Rico before the Supreme Court decision in late June required every state to recognize same-sex marriage.
The ceremony took place at a promenade in San Juan’s colonial district. While many of the couples were Puerto Rican, some were from the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Venezuela.
Though many took pictures and cheered, not all were happy.
“Today is a sad day for Puerto Rican society,” Roman Catholic bishop Monsignor Daniel Fernandez Torres said, adding that same-sex marriages are “contrary to natural law.”
The country prohibited same-sex marriage until the Supreme Court decision. Now same-sex marriage is legal and gay couples can adopt children. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla also recently signed two executive orders allowing transgender and transsexual people to change their gender on their driver’s license and protect their rights when seeking medical services.