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Gay boxer Orlando Cruz marries José Manuel Colón in New York City's Central Park

Cruz is 'giving thanks to my heavenly father for one more day of life and with [my] husband'
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Photo courtesy of José Manuel Colón

Orlando Cruz, the first openly gay professional boxer in history, is a married man.

Cruz and José Manuel Colón were married over the weekend in New York's Central Park.

The ceremony was officiated by New York City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito and the witnesses were Pedro Julio Serrano of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Shirley Casiano, according to Washington Blade.

After the ceremony, Cruz wrote on Facebook page: 'Giving thanks to my heavenly father for one more day of life and with [my] husband José Manuel in it.'

Cruz is a former Olympian from Puerto Rico who last month lost a fight for the featherweight title.

It was in October 2012 that Cruz came out publicly as a gay man and in August, the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame included him among its first class of inductees.

It was also in August that Cruz proposed to Colón in an emotional Facebook video in which he said in part: 'I want to tell you that you are a very special person in my life. I am a little nervous, but I want to tell you and share with your friends and my friends, if you want to marry me. I want you to be part of my life and me be part of yours.'

Cruz got the the answer he was looking when Colón in a video of his own: 'I accept marrying you because I love and adore you. You are very special in my life. You have made me really happy.'

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