Spain grants citizenship to Ricky Martin

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Puerto Rican pop sensation Ricky Martin secured Spanish citizenship Friday, the government said, and he reportedly wants to get hitched under Spanish gay marriage laws.

Spanish government ministers agreed in a weekly cabinet meeting to grant citizenship to the 39-year-old singer, chief government spokesman Jose Blanco told a news conference.

The government granted him a "letter of naturalization" -- issued at its discretion in special circumstances -- because of his "personal and professional links with Spain".

Leading daily El Pais said Martin wanted citizenship so he could get married to his partner, economist Carlos Gonzalez, with whom he is bringing up his twin three-year-old sons Matteo and Valentino.

Spain passed legislation allowing same-sex marriages in 2005, and 20,000 gay couples have since tied the knot.

© 2011 AFP

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