Ricardo Moreno & Arturo Avina

Los Angeles
California

Ricardo Moreno and Arturo Avina, from Los Angeles, CA, have been partners for seven years and are waiting for Proposition 8 to be struck down so they can finally be legally married.  When they met in 2006, the connection was immediate and they became nearly inseparable as their lives quickly intertwined. One year after meeting, Ricardo planned a surprise engagement party, and Arturo enthusiastically accepted Ricardo’s proposal in front of his friends and family.  Unfortunately during their engagement the freedom to marry was taken away in California.  Despite this heartbreaking defeat, they felt that the best thing to do was to make the most of their wedding day and married at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena on November 21, 2009 in front of family and friends.  To make their special day even more meaningful, instead of creating a traditional wedding registry, they asked their loved ones to make a donation to the Human Rights Campaign to contribute towards making equal marriage rights a reality. The best gift they could possibly receive, in honor of their marriage, was the gift of marriage equality.  As they see states legalize equal marriage one by one, they are hopeful it will return to California (and the nation).