Issue 22.02: Legally Wed

By : Jake Stevens
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Legally Wed: Marriage equality finally came to Florida Jan. 6, and couples across the state took advantage of the historic day, Comedy meets pathos in freeFall’s Buffalo Kings, Name change snag greets Orlando’s newlyweds, Orlando, St. Pete mayors officiate gay weddings, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

Watermark Issue 22.02// Jan. 15-28, 2015

On the Cover | Page 29
Tampa Bay Edition
(L-R) Barbie and Kimmy Denny Palm Harbor were married at the Joe Chillura Courthouse Square in Downtown Tampa shortly before a mass ceremony saw nearly 50 more couples tie the knot. The Palm Harbor couple met in 2005. Photo by Vinny D’Ippolito

Orlando Edition
Robby Pigott and James Harrison celebrate after being married outside Orlando City Hall by Mayor Buddy Dyer Jan. 6. The couple recently celebrated 23 years together. Photo by Jake Stevens

Orlando News | Page 10
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer officiates a mass wedding for same-sex couples outside Orlando City Hall on Jan. 6; locals gather to remember transgender teen Leelah Alcorn; Central Florida Fair will celebrate LGBT families this year; more.

Tampa Bay | Page 12
Local elected officials officiate same-sex weddings; St. Pete Pride announces themed design contest for 2015; local teens organize vigil in memory of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn; Chamber’s Diamond Awards adds after party ; more.

Nation and World | Page 20
Senator Bill Nelson backs the federal Respect for Marriage Act, which would completely repeal DOMA; Sen. Marco Rubio still doesn’t believe marriage equality is a constitutional right; Florida archbishop’s memo draw fire from gay rights groups.

Kings for a Day | Page 45
St. Petersburg’s freeFall theater kicks off 2015 with The Buffalo Kings, by local playwright Natalie Symons. The play—a mix of comedy and tragedy—runs through Feb. 8.

Gallery W | Page 62
Central Florida was a buzz with same-sex wedding ceremonies, and we caught many of them. From Orlando and Tampa to St. Petersburg and Sarasota, same-sex couples were tying the knot the minute courthouses opened Jan. 6.

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