Same-sex marriages will be legal in Florida as soon as Jan. 6, the Fort Lauderdale area’s tourism bureau is planning a massive gay-wedding celebration on the beach.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau plans to invite at least 100 couples from around the country and around the world to marry oceanside in a common ceremony sometime this winter, said Nicki Grossman, president of the Broward County tourism group in an interview Wednesday.
The 100 number also will honor Broward’s 100th birthday celebration now underway.
“We’re going to pull out all the stops, just like a proud father does when their child marries,” said Grossman, calling gay travelers “a very loyal and important part of our destination.”
The wedding extravaganza is just the first of many gay-marriage activities planned in Broward, a pioneer in promoting gay tourism. In the early 1990s, the county’s convention and visitors bureau was among the first in the nation to market specifically to gay travelers. More recently, it became the first to designate an employee solely to work with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Read more at Sun Sentinal.
MEANWHILE, other parts of Florida are trying to avoid the passage of gay marriage! Dimwit Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has asked Judge Robert Hinkle to clarify the scope of his August ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban. – WTF?! Same Sex marriage should now be LEGAL. Get over it and start issuing those licenses!!
UPDATE!!!! (January 1, 2015) – Today, federal district court Judge Robert L. Hinkle confirmed his marriage ruling in a new order stating that clerks of ALL Florida counties must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after his stay expires end of day January 5th.
When the stay of his prior order invalidating Florida’s ban on marriage by same-sex couples expires on January 5, 2015, the federal Constitution requires that all Florida county clerks must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.