South Florida Residents Have First Same-Sex Marriage on Major Cruise Line

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Francisco Vargas and Benjamin Gray recently became the first same-sex couple to be married on a major cruise line, reports Jim Byers for Travel Pulse. The South Florida pair was married onboard Celebrity Equinox during a cruise from Key West to Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico.

Last summer, Malta, where most of Celebrity’s ships are registered, voted to legalize equal marriage. The historic parliament vote was 66-1 for equal marriage, and meant that ships’ captains could now perform ceremonies for same-sex couples. Captain Dimitrios Manetas officiated Vargas and Gray’s ceremony.

According to Gray, “There are only so many firsts in life, and we are thrilled to be the first-ever LGBTQ+ couple to marry at sea. We are humbled to follow the trailblazers in the LGBTQ+ community who paved the way for us.”

Although equal marriage is now legal in more countries than ever before, many of these countries do not allow legal marriages to take place at sea, which explains why the couple had to wait for Malta’s laws to change.

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Written by Audrey Pitcher

Audrey Pitcher is a Media and Communications Studies major at Ursinus College. Ve is a board member of the Ursinus Gender and Sexuality Alliance. Ve also works as a writing fellow in the Center for Writing and Speaking, where ve helps fellow students improve their writing skills. Audrey was recently featured at Ursinus' Celebration Of Student Achievement for an essay on the mapping of femininity onto gay men in late 20th century theater.


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