Over 60 same-sex couples marry at Puerto Rico wedding
17 August 2015, 13:39
San Juan - Over 60 couples from around the region have gathered in Puerto Rico's capital to exchange vows at a same-sex marriage ceremony.
The Sunday ceremony in San Juan's colonial district is taking the couples through the traditional marriage vows following the landmark US Supreme Court ruling requiring every state to recognise same-sex marriages.
The US island's governor signed an executive order soon after the June ruling.
Organiser 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 recognised 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".
Alma Rosado,left, and Flor Maria Montijo, right, kiss after their wedding during a mass same-sex wedding in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Ricardo Arduengo)