The desire to love and be loved is probably the most coveted thing in the world. To find that one person who makes every day better, who makes you feel like you’re the most important person in their life, who makes you pancakes while you’re hungover. That is true love.
And today, dear Pandas, we’ll be celebrating the love of ex-Miss Argentina and ex-Miss Puerto Rico, who have just announced their marriage! Congratulations to both of you! However, the reason this is making such a splash in the media is that they’ve been keeping their relationship a secret from the rest of the world since they met in 2020.
What could be better than a lovely surprise and two beautiful women in love? Let’s get into the specifics! But first, please upvote and leave your thoughts in the comments section.
Mariana Varela, former Miss Argentina, and Fabiola Valentin, former Miss Puerto Rico, announced their marriage in an unexpected Instagram video.
Mariana Varela, former Miss Argentina, and Fabiola Valentin, former Miss Puerto Rico, married on October 30th, bringing the world a new power couple.
They met at the 2020 Miss Grand International pageant in Thailand and have remained close friends ever since. Or so their fans believed.
They met while representing their respective countries at the 2020 Miss Grand International competition in Thailand. They were both in the top ten of the beauty pageant, but neither was crowned queen. It didn’t matter, though, because they appeared to have won the keys to each other’s hearts.
“One of the great gifts in this experience was your friendship, walking this process with you was a special and real one,” Fabiola wrote in an Instagram post featuring them both. “I’m missing you, my girl.”
Following the pageant, the two appeared to be extremely close friends, frequently appearing on each other’s Instagram feeds and stories. However, no one outside of their immediate circle was aware of their romantic relationship.
They spent their time together traveling, dropping hints of their love until the big reveal in the most recent post.
The couple spent their time traveling together, dropping hints about their love until the big reveal in the recent past, in which they revealed that they married on October 28.
The happy couple shared matching Instagram videos of their relationship highlights, including the proposal with gold and silver balloons spelling out “Marry me?”
The post’s main image showed the two women standing outside the city courthouse in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where they married on October 28.
The Instagram video included many of their favorite moments together, such as the proposal and scenes from their wedding in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“We opened the doors on a special day after deciding to keep our relationship private,” the caption read in Spanish. On Instagram, the video has received over 3.8 million views and over 250 thousand likes, with fans, celebrities, and fellow pageant queens congratulating Mariana and Fabiola on their love.
“Many thanks for all your support!” Mariana responded to the good wishes with a letter. “We are extremely grateful and blessed.”
“After deciding to keep our relationship private, we opened the doors on a special day,” the caption read, with the video receiving over 3.8 million views and 250k likes.
Due to the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage has been legal in Puerto Rico since 2015. Much of Latin America also allows it. And, as of last week, same-sex marriage was made legal in all of Mexico’s states.
There is still a lot of prejudice surrounding same-sex relationships and marriage, and while the post received a lot of positive feedback, some people were disappointed or outraged. The majority of the arguments appear to be based on religious beliefs or the concept of what marriage represents—a man, a woman, and a child. Not to mention the children…
According to Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and now a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, “the burden is on [same-sex couples] to make the persuasive case as to why they should be married, not just for their benefit but for what the impact is on society and marriage as a whole, and on children.”
He goes on to say that same-sex marriage could affect or diminish “the entire moral ecology of our country, who we are as a people, what we stand for, what we teach our children, what our values and ethics are.”
Hundreds of fans, friends, and fellow pageant queens congratulated the couple in the comments section, wishing them all the best.
“What society should be about is encouraging what is best for children,” he went on to say. “We know that what’s best for children is a mother and a father who are the child’s parents, raising that child in a stable, married relationship, and we should have laws that encourage and support that.”
So, if two heterosexual people do not want to have children, should they marry because their union will no longer serve society in its intended purpose, namely procreation? Most research studies show that children with two mothers or two fathers perform similarly to children with heterosexual parents.
According to one study, children raised by same-sex parents do not differ from other children in terms of emotional functioning, sexual orientation, stigmatization, gender role behavior, behavioral adjustment, gender identity, learning, and grade point averages.
“Many thanks for all your support!” Mariana responded to the good wishes with a letter. “We are extremely grateful and blessed.” We hope this trend continues for many years!
One could argue that as long as homosexuality is viewed as immoral, promiscuous, and unnatural, it will be difficult to convince wider society of the benefits of granting equal rights to all people and of the positive impact that less discrimination will have.