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Group wedding at state fair makes love official for 513 couples

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A government-run mass wedding in Yucatán, Mexico formalizes the union of over 500 couples at the state fair on Thursday. Photo: Courtesy

A mass wedding at the Yucatán state fair formalized the union of 513 couples.

Lovebirds from 81 municipalities got married for free at Xmatkuil through the program “Formalize Your Union.” The governor officiated.

The state program is meant to assure partners receive legal protections that only a marriage license can provide. This year, two same-sex couples took part.

Couples also took home a souvenir photo to remember the special moment.

Some of the participants could probably have already been assumed to be an “old, married couple.” Antonio Aké Cuxim and Candelaria Cañas Vásquez, of Kanasin, have lived together for 20 years and have three children.

They told Diario de Yucatán that after two decades of living as a couple and having forged a home, this was the best way to formalize the arrangement.

Meanwhile, Guadalupe Hernández Gutiérrez, who is originally from Tabasco, and Norberto Aguilar Ochoa, of Veracruz, have lived as a couple for 10 years, the last five in Mérida. They were looking for an opportunity to legalize their union and this seemed to them the most original, fun, and special way to do it: “Something different to do in the afternoon,” they commented.

Related: Over 1,000 couples exchange rings at Izamal

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