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Boxer Orlando Cruz Marries Boyfriend

Boxer Orlando Cruz married his boyfriend, José Manuel Colón, in New York’s Central Park this weekend.

The ceremony was officiated by New York City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Cruz became the first openly gay professional boxer when he came out a year ago.

"I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man,” Cruz said at the time.

Earlier this year, Cruz was part of the inaugural class inducted into the Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.

HRC congratulates Cruz and Colón!

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