Issue 22.01: The Longest Aisle

By : Jake Stevens
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The Longest Aisle: Despite clear marriage equality wins in Florida, same-sex couples remain unsure about their future, St. Pete Pride unveils new logo, plan for 2015, Orange, Osceola differ on same-sex marriage licenses, Bette Midler prepares for a divine new year, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

Watermark Issue 22.01 // Jan. 1-14, 2015

On the Cover | Page 24
It’s been a long, rough road for same-sex couples hoping to marry in Florida. And while marriage equality looks like an inevitability in 2015, we’re still waiting for our chance to say “I Do.” Illustration by Jake Stevens

Orlando News | Page 8
FMI, the company that owns the Funky Monkey files bankruptcy; Central Florida counties and Orlando plan same-sex weddings despite legal concerns; man found guilty of trans murder sentenced to 30 years; more.

Tampa Bay Page | 12
St. Pete Pride has a new strategy and new events scheduled to accompany the 2015 festival; a new logo represents St. Pete Pride’s bond with the city, organizers say; Lakeland-based Publix finally extends same-sex benefits to its employees; more.

Divine New Year: Bette Midler| Page 13
released a new album in 2014 and has scheduled a tour in 2015 that brings her to Tampa’s Amalie arena in May. Midler talks about her new album dedicated to girl groups and her long-time bond with her gay fans. Page 31

State News | Page 19
The Tampa Bay Times names Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi as its Loser of 2014; gay divorce cases granted, denied in Florida; south Florida Judge Zabel seeks clarification on the distribution of marriage licenses in the state; more.

Sports | Page 46
Michael Sam tells Oprah Winfrey that he’s out of the NFL because of his sexuality, not his talent; New York sports bar claims it was hacked after its Twitter account attacks the mayor; results are in and Cleveland’s economy got a huge boost from the Gay Games.

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