2,043 couples tie the knot during mass wedding in Mexico

Mexico

Record-breaking event meant to ensure legal rights of common-law partners, their children

JUAREZ, Mexico (BorderReport) — More than 4,000 people tied the knot on Monday during Mexico’s largest mass wedding ever.

Most of the couples already were living in common-law and some even showed up with their children to the government-sponsored ceremony at the Juarez Autonomous University gym. Others appeared to be teenagers.

Thirty of the grooms and 15 of the brides were recentlyarrived migrants from Cuba and Central America; another 33 couples were same-sex, according to Juarez city government.

A young couple looks on during a mass wedding Monday in Juarez, Mexico, in which 2,043 couples participated. (photo courtesy Juarez municipal government)
This was the scene Monday at Juarez Autonomous University gym where 2,043 couples got married. (photo courtesy Juarez municipal government)

This border city has been sponsoring mass weddings on and off for the past three decades as a way of promoting lasting marriages and securing legal benefits for children.

“We are making progress in guaranteeing everyone the legal protections of a marriage,” said Chihuahua Gov. Javier Corral, who was guest speaker at the collective civil ceremony. “I want to invite you to work together in strengthening your marriage. That implies hard work, but I assure you that you will feel enormous satisfaction when you look back and see all that you have achieved.”

City and state government officials closed off the ceremony raffling off washers, refrigerators, living and dining room sets and several smaller electronic appliances among the participants.

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