July 18, 2015 at 9:51 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Plaintiffs in Puerto Rico marriage case marry

Puerto Rico, gay news, Washington Blade

A lesbian couple who challenged Puerto Rico’s same-sex marriage ban exchanged vows on July 17, 2015. (Graphic by Raimond Spekking)

One of the same-sex couples who challenged Puerto Rico’s same-sex marriage ban exchanged vows on Friday.

Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro and Zulma Oliveras Vega tied the knot at a restaurant in San Juan’s Santurce neighborhood during a ceremony that took place amid tight security. El Nuevo Día, a Puerto Rican newspaper, reported that Ada Conde Vidal, president of the Human Rights Foundation of Puerto Rico, was the maid of honor.

Pedro Julio Serrano, founder of Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, a Puerto Rican LGBT advocacy group, applauded Arroyo and Oliveras on his Twitter page.

Arroyo and Oliveras were among four same-sex couples who joined a lawsuit against the U.S. commonwealth’s gay nuptials ban that Conde and her wife, Ivonne Álvarez Vélez, filed in U.S. District Court in March 2014. Puerto Rico Para Tod@s was also a plaintiff in the case.

A three-judge panel with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month ruled the island’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling that said gays and lesbians can tie the knot throughout the country.

July 13 was the first day same-sex couples could apply for marriage licenses in Puerto Rico.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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