Seven same-sex couples from the group of around 80 LGBTQ migrants from Central America who split from the original caravan due to homophobic treatment got married over the weekend in symbolic ceremonies in Tijuana, Mexico, The Independentreports.
The first couple to get married were Erick Dubon, 23, and Pedro Nehemias, 22. They are originally from Honduras which does not allow same-sex unions. Sarah Kinosian, a journalist traveling with the caravan, captured the moment on social media, where it went viral almost instantly.
Some of the newlyweds described the ceremonies as a dream come true. But the migrants still have a difficult task in trying to get into the U.S., where most plan to seek asylum. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced it will begin to make crossing into San Diego from Tijuana even more of a challenge. These efforts include closing lanes and adding barricades and barbed wire to fences. The people who are seeking asylum will have to wait in Mexico until their applications have been processed.