January 6th, 2015, marked the date that Florida’s same sex marriages could take place. This item has been on ballots for what seems like an eternity now. While watching the news Monday afternoon, I saw that every station was reporting all the excitement of how this new ruling was transpiring throughout the state.
West Palm Beach, a little over an hour south of me, was leading the pack by allowing marriage licenses to be purchased at 10:30 pm on January 5th. At 12:01 AM, a mass marriage ceremony was taking place to wed the couples that had waited so long and fought so hard to get this law passed.
A Day That Will Go Down In History
My daughter, Peyton, and I hopped in our car and headed for the Delray Beach Courthouse, where we arrived at 10:30 exactly, just as the lines of people were forming to apply for the marriage license. Delray was still decorated for the Christmas season, so the lampposts were lined in red twinkling lights and the town was abuzz with activity. Lines of people were along the sidewalks waiting to make their turn into the licensing office. There were supporters, flags, families, flowers, and a huge gathering from news stations and reporters.
We proceeded into the courthouse and talked to the brides and husbands to be. It was so interesting to hear their stories and learn how long some of these couples (the majority that we spoke to) had been together and waiting on this day. Happiness was everywhere! It was so nice being surrounded by so much love and the feelings that shone through most brightly were hope and victory.
At Last, Florida’s Same Sex Marriages Are Legal
At midnight, the country clerk began calling couples individually into the atrium for the mass ceremony. It was a long and very unorganized process, as about one hundred couples had shown up for this ceremony. My daughter was lucky enough to have her picture made with celebrity financial guru Suze Orman, who had come to show her support.
I am glad my daughter and I took the time to go be part of this page in Florida same sex marriage history. As for me, I am all for people in love being able to have the freedom to spread that love, and spend their lives together in union, regardless of their race, sex, religion, size, or any other factor. Welcome Florida, the 36th state to allow gay marriages.
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