Armando Rubio Finally Gets Married after a Prolonged Pandemic Break
90 Day Fiancé couple, Armando Rubio and Kenneth Niedermeier are fiancés no more.
The first male gay couple featured on the TLC franchise got married at the Mansarda winery in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
They told People that the difficulty of getting there, because of delays from the COVID-19 pandemic, made the event even more special.
It was a battle in many ways, and so it’s surreal to finally get married.
The couple iterated that the lockdown had actually been an advantage for them because it brought them close and gave them more time to plan for the wedding.
The 100-guest limit made it difficult for them to invite everyone, but both grooms’ children were in attendance.
Both Rubio and Niedermeier confirmed the news via Instagram on May 23, after exchanging vows the day before.
A Difficult Journey
Although the couple made it to the altar, they haven’t had the easiest journey. The two met in a support group for gay fathers where they immediately connected and began their relationship.
Niedermeier moved from Florida to Mexico to be with Rubio and his daughter Hannah.
The couple had many hurdles to overcome, like any other international couple. Not only did Niedermeier not speak a word of Spanish, which created a strain between them, but his husband's native country is also less tolerant of gay relationships than the US.
At that time, Rubio was still coming out. In contrast to Niedermeier, who had been out since the 1980s.
The two sometimes clashed over acceptable PDA, with Niedermeier pushing Rubio occasionally but making sure not to ask too much too soon as well.
Even though Rubio’s conservative family took some time to come to terms with his coming out, the couple eventually got engaged
Unfortunately, there was another obstacle. The couple was denied a marriage license despite the legalization of same-gender marriages in the country.
The process to repeal the denial included them writing to human rights organizations. Their plea was finally approved on the 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way finale.
Rubio and Niedermeier’s Big Family
The couple could not help but shed happy tears upon receiving the approval, and their joy was felt in equal measure by both their families.
Niedermeier has four kids and a grandfather. The TLC star’s son Bricen is 28, while his triplet daughters Taylor, Cassidy, and Madison are 24.
He revealed he had been in two long-term relationships and had faked a marriage with a female friend. He also mentioned that his children were born via in-vitro fertilization.
Meanwhile, Rubio’s first marriage is genuine. He got married the first time despite knowing he was gay because of the machismo culture in Mexico. He eventually came out to his wife, who was not supportive, and the two ended up filing for divorce.
A few months after that, his ex-wife passed away in a tragic car accident.
Rubio has a 6-year-old daughter, Hannah, with his late ex-wife.