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This Year The Border Opened Up Just Long Enough For This Couple To Get Married

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Planning a wedding is already stressful, but when there’s an entire border separating you from your soon-to-be spouse it’s even more so. Even so, these newlyweds weren’t going to let anything come between them on their special day.

The “Door of Hope” is the nickname given to the steel gate embedded within the border wall that separates Tijuana and San Diego. Once a year, the “Door of Hope” is opened for an hour and a select number of families on both sides of the fence get to hug the loved ones they’ve been separated from, usually as a result of deportation.

Last Saturday marks the sixth year that the border gate has been opened to reunite friends and families. This year, during the event, Brian Houston of San Diego and Evelia Reyes of Mexico took the opportunity to tie the knot.

With other families gathered and Border Patrol officers vigilant, the two signed the documents needed to make them husband and wife. They then embraced in front of a large crowd of families and journalists.

Speaking with The San Diego Union Tribune, Houston said the non-profit organization Border Angels, who organize the yearly event, helped them arrange the ceremony. Houston wanted their wedding to also be a comment on the current border situation – a testimony to the world about hope in the face of adversity.

“It’s a statement that love has no borders,” Houston told the newspaper. “Even though we are divided by a giant fence here, we can still love each other on both sides of the fence.”

The ceremony took place about 15 miles from where prototypes for Trump’s proposed border wall have been assembled.

According to The Tribune, the couple speak on the phone every day and are working with a lawyer to find a way to bring Reyes to the U.S.

Although Houston and Reyes may one day have a happily ever after in the same country, for the time being they’ll have to continue living on opposite sides of that wall; a wall that, if Trump has his way, will be taller, stronger and doorless.

[H/T] The San Diego Union Tribune

READ: Cards Against Humanity Bought Land On The Border And Plan On Making Trump’s Border Wall Very Difficult To Build

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Mariposa Fernandez Married Puerto Rico To Give Her Gifts To Those In Need

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Mariposa Fernandez Married Puerto Rico To Give Her Gifts To Those In Need

“I am in love!” Mariposa Fernandez states on her Amazon wedding registry. “In love with Puerto Rico, my homeland, the place of my family origin, my ancestry and my rich heritage.”

These are the marriage vows that Fernandez, a Bronx-based performance artist, said to her newly-wed partner, the island of Puerto Rico.

In a very public wedding service, Fernandez vowed to take Puerto Rico as a partner in marriage. The ceremony, which served as a platform for her art, showed that Fernandez is dedicated to help Puerto Rico in anyway possible through “good times and bad, through sickness and health.”

While it might sound like an artistic stunt to some, the message behind this commitment ceremony is what speak volumes.

“I am making a life-long commitment, one that I made long ago but will NOW make publicly,” Fernandez said. “In the wake of Hurricane Irma and Maria that destroyed homes, crops and lives, resulting in the complete destruction of the power grid, infrastructure and water filtration systems and has caused an escalating health crisis.”

The most genius part of her wedding is that her registry is loaded with items that Puerto Ricans urgently need.

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Two months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, many people there remain without electricity and the problems only continue to get worse. The director of Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority has just announced his resignation.

So while people truly have to fend for themselves, these items listed on Fernandez’s Amazon registry can really do wonders to help these people.

Fernandez’s wedding was featured in a local newscast and went viral on Twitter thanks to The Kid Mero.

…And people on Twitter were celebrating with lots of Puerto Rican pride.

If you weren’t invited to the nuptials, here’s a snippet of what went down.

If you’d like to contribute to her wedding registry, click here.

READ: Puerto Ricans Are Receiving Emergency Food Packages That Are Using Candy For Fruit

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