LGBT couples from migrant caravan hold 'mass wedding' in border town

At least seven LGBT couples traveling with the Central American migrant caravan held a symbolic mass wedding near the U.S.–Mexico border over the weekend.

Officiants from a Unitarian Universalist delegation wed the couples in a ceremony in Tijuana, Mexico, on Saturday, according to multiple reports.

Hugo Córdoba, one of the officiants, described the wedding as an “act of justice,” according to NBC News.

“The dream of marrying is an illusion for most of them,” Córdoba said. “We are helping them make this a reality.”

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Many of the couples are fleeing their home countries due to anti-LGBT violence and persecution. Amnesty International has recorded what the World Health Organization describes as an “epidemic” of high murder rates of LGBT individuals in the Northern Triangle of Central America.

It was reported that a group of about 80 LGBT migrants broke off from the rest of the caravan several days ago and headed toward the U.S. border separately.

Pedro Nehemias Pastor, a Guatemalan immigrant, married his partner Erick Alexander Durán, from Honduras, in the ceremony. Baja California, the Mexican state in which Tijuana is located, recognizes same-sex marriages.

“This is really a dream come true, because you don’t see this in our home countries and this is something that we’ve always wanted to do, and today we had the opportunity to do so,” Nehemias Pastor said in Spanish, according to NBC News. “I’m very happy.”

Members of the caravan arrived in Tijuana last weekend and are waiting to make asylum claims in the U.S. The group has been met with resistance from residents, and have reported verbal and physical harassment. City officials have expressed concern that Tijuana is not equipped to handle the influx of people.

In the weeks ahead of the midterm elections, President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Ayers decision casts harsh light on Trump NASA offers to show Stephen Curry evidence from moon landings Freedom Caucus calls on leadership to include wall funding, end to 'catch and release' in funding bill MORE focused his rhetoric on the caravan, sent troops to the border and moved to crack down on asylum-seekers.

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Trump from denying asylum to immigrants entering the country illegally.