I am anxiously awaiting my invitation in the mail. Latin vocalist Ricky Martin came out a year and change ago and is now starting to set the wedding plans in motion to marry long time boyfriend and baby daddy Carols Gonzalez Abella. The two are both raising their beautiful twin boys. Ricky Martin hinted at marriage last year when he appeared on Larry King Live saying that there were many countries that had equal marriage rights and would consider marrying there despite the fact he is a Puerto Rican native.
It’s being reported that Ricky Martin has been granted Spanish Citizenship to allow for him and partner Carlos to tie the knot in their country. 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”.
Spain granted equal marriage rights back in 2005 and at the time, were only the third country in the world to do so. Since it’s inception, over 20,000 gay couples have entered in marriage. It’s so wild in my opinion to think that overseas in Spain, gay marriage is seen as a right but in our own backyard of America, certain states refuse to let it happen. It blows my mind. Ricky had the same opinion on CNN last year. Check out what he said below.
“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.”
“Yes, we could go to Spain and get married. We can go to Argentina and get married. But why do we have to go somewhere else? Why can’t I do it in my country where the laws are – you know, protecting me?”
“I can go to Spain. I have many friends in Spain. And get married. And make it very beautiful and symbolic. But… I [can't] do it in the backyard of my house. I want to have that option. I don’t want to be a second class citizen anymore. I pay my taxes. Why can’t I have that right?”
He’s so right. Why can’t he? Alas, I will just pack my suitcase and wait for that envelope that tells me when and where to be. Who doesn’t love a destination wedding… am I right?