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Thursday, August 15, 2013
Puerto Rico gay boxer Orlando Cruz to marry

Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz has proposed marriage to his partner after announcing last year that he is gay.

Cruz made the proposal on his Facebook page and his boyfriend has accepted.

"I'd like to say, and share it with your friends, and with my friends: Do you want to marry me?" Cruz said on a video of about 2 minutes posted on the social media site Wednesday. "It's an important step, it's a step I've thought about, it's a step that we have thought about."

Cruz also mentioned the proposal on his Twitter account, saying he had taken an important step in his life and wants happiness for him and his partner.

Puerto Rican gay activist Pedro Julio Serrano, spokesman for the U.S.-based National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said he will attend the wedding.

The date and location of the wedding remains unknown. Same-sex marriage is not allowed in Puerto Rico or Florida, where Cruz has a home.

Cruz announced his sexual orientation in October, becoming what is believed to be the first pro boxer to come out as openly homosexual while still competing.

The boxer is a featherweight fighter and 20-2-1 with 10 knockouts.