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Ricky Martin denies reports of overseas marriage

Ricky Martin has denied media reports that he is going to marry his partner, economist Carlos Gonzalez Abella, in a country other than his native Puerto Rico where gay marriage is not yet allowed.

entertainment Updated: Jan 04, 2012 20:34 IST

Ricky Martin has denied media reports that he is going to marry his partner, economist Carlos Gonzalez Abella, in a country other than his native Puerto Rico where gay marriage is not yet allowed.

El Nuevo Dia, a newspaper in his country, reported on its website that Martin would wed economist Carlos Gonzalez Abella in New York where gay marriage is legal on January 28.

“It is a completely incorrect report… Ricky Martin has no set plans to marry,” the Herald Sun quoted a representative of the singer as telling E! Online.

A previous report in November had claimed that Martin had secured Spanish citizenship in order to wed Abella under Spanish gay marriage laws. Spain passed legislation allowing same-sex marriages in 2005, and 20,000 gay couples have since tied the knot.

However, the singer had previously said he won’t get married until gay marriage is legal in his own country.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have the option of marriage in our country,” he was quoted as telling British gay magazine Attitude in December.

“We could go to Britain or Spain or Argentina and do something beautifully symbolic, but that’s not what I want.

“I want to have the rights of anybody else in my home country. I don’t want to be a second-class citizen. I’d want to do it on the island where I was born and where I will die,” he said.