Paradise Valley couple among winners of ACLU gay wedding contest

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Rafael Vasquez and Humberto Niebla are ready to make their six-year union official. Only that won’t be possible in their home state of Arizona.

The couple decided to enter a nationwide contest by the ACLU called My Big Gay (Il)legal Wedding last year.

Nearly 400 other couples entered and roughly 200,000 votes were cast. Then a few weeks ago the couple got the call they were hoping for.

"We went out with our friends that night and we just had a little celebration party,” Niebla said.

The two were one of five couples who won $5,000 to plan a wedding in a state that recognizes same-sex marriages.

Their wedding will be held in Santa Monica, California early Monday morning.

They will get picked up in a Hummer limo and ride to California with close friends and some family.          

For Rafael, two people will be noticeably absent.

He said, "When I came out to my dad he had a heart attack… so my mom doesn't really want me to tell him right now that I’m going to get married."

They're planning on having a second ceremony in Arizona so his family can attend.

Gay marriage is still not legal in the state, but for them leaving isn't an option.

"Even though we are not recognized, we're not going to be recognized as a married couple, we still want to live here,” said Vasquez.

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