‘Dream come true’
Migrant caravan LGBTQ couples celebrate mass wedding
| “This is really a dream come true, because you don’t see this in our home countries,” said a Guatemalan gay man who participated in the wedding.
By Nicole Acevedo, NBC News
| At least seven LGBTQ couples who traveled through Mexico with the migrant caravan commemorated their love during a symbolic mass-wedding celebration in the border town of Tijuana.
Guatemalan Pedro Nehemias Pastor and Honduran Erick Alexander Durán were one of the couples who partook in the ceremony.
“This is really a dream come true, because you don’t see this in our home countries … I’m very happy,” Nehemias Pastor said in Spanish.
Several Mexican states recognize same-sex marriages after Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that state bans on marriage equality were unconstitutional.
“This is an act of justice,” said Hugo Córdoba, one of the three Unitarian Universalist officiants who married the couples on Saturday.
LGBTQ migrants have been fleeing Central America for years, mostly due to the disproportionate violence they face living in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Their murder rates are three to eight times over what the World Health Organization considers to be epidemic levels.
In 2016, El Salvador saw a murder rate of 81 per 100,000 inhabitants. In Honduras, it was 59 per 100,000 and 27 per 100,000 in Guatemala.
Like many of the people in the caravan who traveled more than 2,000 miles to the U.S.-Mexico border, Durán and Pastor hope to get asylum in the U.S. … Read more.