Finally! Legal Observation & Recognition In Delray & Auburndale!

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)

Miami crowd couples dancing At Last

Miami line out the door OK photo, couple in frontMiami crowd line OK photo

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Miami packed clerk's office 1

It was just like the DMV, if people at the DMV were happy.

It was just like being at the DMV, if people at the DMV were happy.

They had their own photographer

PB clerk's office photographer 2 - use

Miami lesbian couple at counter - use!

These brothers were excited for their moms...

These brothers were excited for their moms…

But their sister was NOT having it (it was super late, to be fair)

But their sister was NOT having it (it was super late, to be fair)

I got one nice one

I got one nice one

Look, it’s Martin and Mark again! First, I asked them how long they’ve been a couple

Martin and Mark 3,

Then, I asked them to share their favorite thing about each other. They showed each other,

Miami Mark and Martin reveal 3 niceMark and Martin smiling reveal good

Then they showed me

Miami Mark and Martin show me 2 nice

Here they are at the midnight ceremony

Mark and Martin renewing vows - use!

And here’s some more love

Christina and Liz back of shirts - use!Christina and Liz kiss from friendChristina and Liz years together  - use!Christina and Liz reveal - use!Christina and Liz show me - use!

Kandice and Karen names - useKandice and Karen show each other - use!Kandice and Karen show me - use!Kandice and Karen kissing with license - use!

Glenn and Peter normal photo - use!Glenn and Peter years together - use!Glenn and Peter reveal - use!

Frederick and David years together use!Frederick and David show me - use!Frederick and David license - use!

Adam and Christopher time together - use!Adam and Christopher reveal 7Adam and Christopher show me - use!

Barbara and Yolanda years together 1 - use!Barbara and Yolanda show each other - use!Barbara and Yolanda show me 3

Francine and Brianna time together - use!Francine and Brianna show each other - use!Francine and Brianna show me - use!

Denise and Stacy show me marriage license! use!Denise and Stacy years together - use!Denise and Stacy show me - use!

Paul and Aramis year together 2 use!Paul and Aramis show me - use!

Dave and Jack names - use!Dave and Jack show me - use!

Donald and Jim years together 3 - use!Donald and Jim show me - use! Who's that in the corner! Suze Orman! Wait! Who’s that in the corner???

Everybody cheered for the clerk and her staff when they arrived, but we all lost our collective mind when Suze Orman showed up.

PB Suze is in the room! 5PB Suze is in the room! use!PB Suze Orman and officials 3

This couple decided to sit down while they waited for midnight to arrive. I could not have supported them more.

This couple decided to sit down while they waited for midnight to arrive. I could not have supported them more.

Irma and Julia reveal use!Irma and Julia show me - use!

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.

PB cards - use!PB female wedding cakePB male wedding cake 2PB certificate of marriage sample - use!PB rotunda crowd 5PB Michele and Monica at group wedding 7

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.

Barbara and Yolanda with clerk - use!Clerk Bock posing with couple - use!Clerk Sharon Block in rotunda posing with couples - use!Michele and Monica with clerk Bock - use!Me, Traci and clerk Bock! Use!

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.

PB Mike and Armond wedding Rev CJ reads from phone amazing use!.

Yes, the Reverend was reading vows from his phone, and yes, it was amazing.

PB Mike and Armond wedding holding hands use!PB Mike and Armond wedding vows 2 use!PB Mike and Armond wedding vows 4 use!PB Mike and Armond wedding kiss 2 use!

Gotta make it official!

Gotta make it official!

PB Mike and Armond with license rotate! use!

PB Mike and Armond wedding names use!PB Mike and Armond wedding reveal smile use!PB Mike and Armond wedding close up 1 use!PB Mike and Armond wedding close up 2 use!

Marion and Wayne

PB Marion and Wayne wedding blessing from rev - use!PB Marion and Wayne wedding laughing - use!PB Marion and Wayne wedding holding up certificate - use!PB Marion and Wayne wedding hug - use!

"We can't exchange rings because I can't take mine off!"

“We can’t exchange rings because I can’t take mine off!”

PB Marion and Wayne years together - use!PB Marion and Wayne show me - use!

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.

PB Rep McVoy with Shirley and Joan - use!PB Shirley and Joan names - use!Shirley and Joan show me - use!

SAVE Dade and ACLU Florida held their own celebration and vow-renewal ceremony that night in Miami.

SAVE ACLU Miami event sign 5SAVE ACLU Miami event sign 4SAVE ACLU Miami event sign - useR_Florida_courthouseP1040899

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Alfredo & Pedro names 1 useAlfredo & Pedro reveal 2 -- use!Alfredo & Pedro reveal 2 -- useAlfredo & Pedro kiss 2 use!

Fernando & Drew names -- use!Fernando & Drew funny - Fernando shows me, no MarkFernando & Drew reveal 3 - useFernando & Drew show me 1, no Fernando

Miami Juan and Thom names use!Miami Juan and Thom reveal - use!

Carlos & Christian names 1 use!Carlos & Christian reveal 4 - useCarlos & Christian show me 2 - use

Miami Ken and Nick names - use!Miami Ken and Nick sh9ow each other - use!Miami Ken and Nick show me - use!Miami Ken and Nick show me close up 1 useMiami Ken and Nick show me close up 2 use

Andrew & JR names 4 - useAndrew & JR reveal 4 useAndrew & JR show me 4

Miami Rich and Carlos names use!Miami Rich and Carlos show me - use!

Eric & Richard name 1 useEric & Richard reveal 4 useEric & Richard show me 2 use
Anna Maria & Yesenia names -- useAnna Maria & Yesenia reveal 4Anna Maria & Yesenia reveal 2Anna Maria & Yesenia response 2 use

Miami vow renewal couple - use!Miami vow renewal couple kiss -use!

The whole thing was adorable and lovely and wonderful. Congratulations to the plaintiff couples and everyone I met in Florida! See you in April…?

http://www.scotusblog.com/2015/01/court-will-rule-on-same-sex-marriage/

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