Two Pinays celebrate same-sex union in New York wedding rites

TFC’s Balitang America reports that Filipinas Anna Zapata and Sharda Roodal, who have been together for more than eight years, tied the knot by virtue of New York’s same-sex law that took effect last July 24.

Anna Zapata and Sharda Roodal, who have been together for eight years, were finally able to tie the knot.


TFC’s Balitang America reports that Filipinas Anna Zapata and Sharda Roodal, who have been together for more than eight years, tied the knot by virtue of New York’s same-sex law that took effect last July 24.

 

"It means so much to me to be able to say to the rest of the world that she’s with me, for life and nobody can take that away from us," said Zapata.

 

According to the report, the couple’s original plan was to get married in the State of Connecticut a year ago. Roodal said it was a "happy coincidence" that the law got passed in New York. Thus, the couple got married at City Hall and had a lavish reception at the State Liberty Park in New Jersey.

 

One of the couple’s closest friends, Angelo Baizas said, "Filipinos, being (mostly) Catholics, probably find it a little more difficult to embrace the idea of same sex marriage...but it’s a start."

 

Linda Roodal, Sharda’s mother, believes that it’s time for Filipinos to accept (same-sex relationships) the way she did because of her unconditional love for her only daughter. She said: "Kahit ano pa ang naging desisyon nila sa buhay, anak mo pa rin yun. Kaya para sa akin yung mga nanay na kagaya ko na nagkaraoon ng anak na pinili nila na maging gay sila o ano man, ay walang pagkakaiba nun. Tanggapin niyo ang anak niyo kasi mahalin niyo ang anak niyo, you have to support them (No matter what your children choose to do with their lives, they will still be your children. I want to tell mothers like me who have gay children that it doesn’t make a difference. You have to accept who your child is. You should love them and support them."


The report also revealed that since same-sex unions were legalized, LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) couples now account for about one out of five new marriages in New York City.


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