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First same-sex couple married in Florida announce impending birth of twins

Karla Arguello, left, and Catherina Pareto of Miami kiss after becoming the first same-sex couple married in Florida on Jan. 5, 2015. Jeff and Todd Delmay, who moments later became the first male couple to marry in Florida, look on. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel performed the nuptials, just after she lifted a stay in the county’s gay-marriage case.
Karla Arguello, left, and Catherina Pareto of Miami kiss after becoming the first same-sex couple married in Florida on Jan. 5, 2015. Jeff and Todd Delmay, who moments later became the first male couple to marry in Florida, look on. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel performed the nuptials, just after she lifted a stay in the county’s gay-marriage case. MIAMI HERALD File

Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello, who made national news in January by becoming the first same-sex couple legally married in the state of Florida, announced Tuesday they are pregnant with twins.

“We’re still on a high. Karla’s pregnant,” Pareto told the Miami Herald.

Pareto and Arguello were among six same-sex couples who, in 2014 with Equality Florida Institute, successfully sued for the right to marry in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court.

The babies are due mid to late August, Pareto said.

So far, the genders are unknown. “Too early. We’ll find out next month,” she said.

Partners for 14 years, the Coconut Grove couple already have a 2-year-old adopted son, Enzo Pareto-Arguello.

“He came home to us in 2012 at age 13 days. We birthed him — that’s how we feel,” Pareto said. “We’re going from a family of three to five in 30 seconds. We thought about it a long time and we didn’t want our son to grow up alone.”

Pareto said she, Arguello and their parents are “thrilled, thrilled” over the pregnancy.

Even publicist Sharon Kersten, who represented Equality Florida during the gay-marriage lawsuit, is ecstatic: “I was so excited, I mean twins!”

Just before Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted a stay in the gay-marriage case and married the women on Jan. 5, Pareto and Arguello learned their twins were on the way.

“Technically, we had a shotgun wedding,” Pareto said. “We already knew we were pregnant.”

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