"I'd like to say, and share it with your friends, and with my friends: Do you want to marry me?" Orlando Cruz said in Spanish during a two-minute video posted on Facebook yesterday as a marriage proposal to his boyfriend, Jose Manuel. The 44-second video response by Jose Manuel was a teary, "Sí."
The full message, which has since been taken down, is translated as:
“Through the ups and downs we’ve had, you’ve always been there for your number, as one says. I’m a little bit nervous, but that aside, I want to tell you and share with your friends and my friends that if you want to marry me?
“I want you to be part of my life and me part of your life, and it’s what I want to do most, is to do this. It is an important step in my life, a step that I think we have thought out and I want to do. I want to share my life with you and want to be with you always, and support you 100 percent, and you support me 100 percent. I like you a lot, I love you and I look forward to your answer.”
Cruz also mentioned the proposal on his Twitter account, saying that he had taken an important step in his life and that he wants happiness for him and his partner as a couple.
Cruz came out publicly last year and was featured on the cover of The Advocate. In that story, he said he's been “overwhelmed by the support,” and that Ricky Martin and Miguel Cotto, one of Cruz’s Olympics teammates, publicly congratulated him. It also mentioned that he had moved Hoboken, NJ, where he had settled down with a boyfriend, but the two broke up in March 2012.
Puerto Rican gay activist Pedro Julio Serrano, spokesman for the U.S.-based National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said he will serve as the godfather at the couple's wedding.