'90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way's' Armando & Kenneth Denied Marriage License

Sunday November 1, 2020

Armando Rubio and Kenneth Niedermeier
Armando Rubio and Kenneth Niedermeier  (Source:YouTube)

The road to marriage for "90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way's" Armando Rubio and Kenneth Niedermeier has not been easy. (Read this interview with the couple published in June.) The first male couple on the TLC franchise, they met at a support group for gay fathers. Kenneth, 57, from Florida, has four children; Armando has one. Hitting it off immediately, they decided to live together. To make that happen, Kenneth moved to Mexico; but there were some obstacles in their relationship, specifically Armando not being out to his conservative family.

Over the season he came out to his parents and moved four hours away from from his hometown to live with Kenneth. Kenneth soon proposed; but breaking that news to Armando's family made for some most awkward television. They were not happy with that decision; but Armando was reunited with his 6-year old daughter Hannah who has come to live with the couple.

Now in the upcoming episode (airing Sunday at 8pm on TLC) they face another roadblock, People Magazine reports when they go to a local government office for a marriage license and are denied.

"Kenny and I have been talking about marriage for some years now," says Armando. "It's something we want, something we dream of. Today we are ready to make that a reality. We are going to the marriage office to apply for our marriage license."

But when they arrived to present their documentation to the civil registry clerk, they were told in Spanish: "We have to give you a negative answer."

A confused Armando told the clerk that he had checked on the Internet and marriage was same-sex marriage was legal in the state where they reside.

"In this case, we have a law that states, 'No you, can't,'" the clerk explains. "And we have a constitution that says, 'Yes, you can.' Sadly, we don't have legislation that supports us to reform our code. The one that says we still can't allow same-sex marriage to go through."

Emotionally Armando explained the bad news to Kenneth. "I did look up online and it did say gay marriage was legal in the state," he says. "I'm really not understanding all that she's saying, because things seem to contradict each other. In reality, I'm confused myself."

"I don't think even seven words were spoken and it was 'denied,'" Kenneth adds. "It wasn't even a discussion. That's their protocol — to deny you right away."

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