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Tuesday, the two men who won the first ruling overturning Florida's ban on gay marriage became the first gay couple to get married in Monroe County. Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones exchanged vows in front of people — including close friends, attorneys, total strangers, TV crews and a few tourists.

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The Rev. Steve Torrance, a chaplain with the Key West Police Department and minister with the Metropolitan Community Church declared them legally married, and the couple was greeted with cheers, applause and the sound of a conch shell.

Huntsman's best man Michael Hudson said he was there to support his friend but also because he was delighted that gay marriage had finally happened here. I came out when I was 16 and I'm 54 now — who would ever think I could be married? In Florida?

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After the ceremony and even more photos, Huntsman and Lee got into an electric car decorated with balloons and they headed for Aqua, the nightclub where Huntsman tends bar, for a reception. Meanwhile, on the courthouse steps, the Rev.

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The clerk's office changed its forms even though Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi's appeal created an automatic stay preventing any same-sex marriage licenses from being issued. Bondi said the voters' will must be respected. An overwhelming majority in approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union solely between one man and one woman.

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They could wait until the appeals process is over or they could ask Garcia to lift the automatic stay. We don't file something in court that's not our best work. For those of you who are not local we ask that you contact a local clergy person who will be willing to provide this counseling.


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The counseling does not have to be through a United Methodist pastor. The counseling does need to be through a faith-based counselor. The counseling and your willingness to submit to counseling are excellent starters for a successful marriage.


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