Marriage equality arrived in Florida on January 6. Palm Beach County clerk and comptroller Sharon Block opened the Delray office late Monday night and performed a group ceremony at 12:01. Someone brought a speaker and started playing At Last while couples were waiting for the office to open. (Click to make them bigger)
They had their own photographer
Look, it’s Martin and Mark again! First, I asked them how long they’ve been a couple
Then, I asked them to share their favorite thing about each other. They showed each other,
Then they showed me
Here they are at the midnight ceremony
And here’s some more love
Everybody cheered for the clerk and her staff when they arrived, but we all lost our collective mind when Suze Orman showed up.
This couple decided to sit down while they waited for midnight to arrive. I could not have supported them more.
Yay! Midnight! The office put out little cards so folks could write about why marriage matters to them. The cakes were separate but equally delicious. I checked.
Clerk Block and her staff really did seem genuinely excited about the news. She was still taking photos with people when I left at 2:30am.
I served as a witness (my first!) the next morning at Mike and Armond’s wedding, officiated by Reverend CJ McGregor of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches.
Yes, the Reverend was reading vows from his phone, and yes, it was amazing.
Marion and Wayne
There was a small group gathering in front of the courthouse. Lake Worth city commissioner Chris McVoy gave some remarks and took photos with Shirley and Joan.
SAVE Dade and ACLU Florida held their own celebration and vow-renewal ceremony that night in Miami.
The whole thing was adorable and lovely and wonderful. Congratulations to the plaintiff couples and everyone I met in Florida! See you in April…?