Newsfeed: Same-Sex Marriage Begins in Florida
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Newsfeed: Same-Sex Marriage Begins in Florida

Tampa Bay Times reporters and photographers cover the first days of same-sex marriage in Florida. Scroll through this feed to see photos from the special moments, read about the couples and their backstories and watch video of their unions.


TAMPA — Before she presided over a mass wedding ceremony Tuesday, Hillsborough Clerk of Court Pat Frank asked the dozens of gay couples how many years they had waited for the moment.

Ten! someone shouted. Twenty-six! Forty-three!

"Forty three!" said Frank. "Well, you have waited a long time."

No longer. At that courthouse park in Tampa and, across the rest of Florida, wedding bells rang anew for same-sex couples, the result of a successful court challenge to the state's 2008 ban on gay marriages.

The significance of the historic moment was not lost on Tampa Bay area couples, some of whom began lining up before dawn.





Same-Sex Couples around Tampa Bay Marry and make history 


by Tampa Bay Times Digital Editor

THE FIRST MARRIED SAME-SEX COUPLES IN TAMPA BAY 























 
 

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Vanessa Alenier, left, and Melanie Leon Alenier walk out of the Miami-Dade Courthouse together in July after asking that same-sex couples have their marriages recognized by the state of Florida. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle on Thursday said that all 67 Florida counties may issue marriage licenses to gay couples. [Getty Images]
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Gay Wedding in Tampa, One Couples Story

Same-Sex couples began marrying in Florida on Monday and Hillsborough County Clerk Pat Frank held a mass wedding ceremony at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park in downtown Tampa Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. The Times followed one couple on their big day. (Jan. 6, 2015) JAMES BORCHUCK | Times. 
by Tampa Bay Times Digital Editor


PHOTO GALLERY: SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BEGINS IN FLORIDA

Shirley Slusher (left) embraces her wife, Wendy Marie Eib Slusher at
the Escambia County Court House in Pensacola. #flmarriage #tbtonassignment
by eve_edelheit via Instagram
Gary Sechen and Wynn Miller, the first same-sex couple to be married in Hernando County.

Photo by Dan DeWitt, Times Staff Writer
by zsampson
Virginia Jeffries and Marrekia Jeffries, from Foley, Alabama hold hands as their niece, Tia'miya Robinson, 3 looks up during their
wedding ceremony at the Escambia County Court House in Pensacola. #flmarriage #tbtonassignment
by eve_edelheit via Instagram
 
 

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Tweets announcing legalization of same-sex marriage in the sunshine state (Jan. 2 - Jan. 4, 2015)

 
 

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