Our Modern Latina Bride Supports Same-Sex Marriage

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Getting married to the person you love and want to spend the rest of your life with is such a beautiful testament to the relationship you have with one another. I can’t wait until the day comes for me to experience that milestone in my own life and I believe EVERYONE should be entitled to this form of expression. The right to wed should be solely based on love and not on gender. Up until a couple of weeks ago this wasn’t the case in NYC, as in many parts of the world, but thankfully now New York can serve as an example of a progressive state and hopefully sometime soon all love between two people will be recognized as equal. 

I bring up this touchy subject because this weekend I had a convo with a gay man and as we discussed weddings, it really made me realize how unfair it must have been not to have the right to marry. This man and his partner have been together for 10 years and for the first time he was able to talk about his plans for his wedding! He seemed so happy to share these details with me and while I listened all I could think about was how hard it must have been for these women and men—some of whom have been with their partners for many years—not to be able to get married and officially make a statement about the love and commitment they have for one another. I was saddened thinking about how frustrating that period of time must have been, but extremely happy as I continued to listen to him proudly describe his beautiful wedding plans!

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Verky Arcos, Fashion Director

A  writer and editor with expertise in fashion and lifestyle coverage, Verky Baldonado is currently Latina magazine's Fashion Director. Baldonado has written Latin-inspired travel and food related content and has contributed to celebrity Q&As, red carpet video interviews, and the annual “Reasons to Love Being Latina” feature. Verky is U.S.-born and of Ecuadorean and Puerto Rican descent who speaks and writes fluent Spanish. Prior to Latina, Verky worked as a photo shoot coordinator at Universal/Island Def Jam Music Group. Verky holds a B.A. in Communications Arts from Montclair State University and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.

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