Gay Marriage in Florida Begins Tonight: Key West's Huntsman, Others Go Down in History UPDATED

Update: Today, Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel has lifted a stay on her decision to invalidate Florida's prohibition of gay marriage, which means Miami-Dade County is the first place in the state to have marriage equality.

Friday night, Aaron Huntsman and his partner, William "Lee" Jones, relaxed in their Key West home. They ordered Chinese food and debated which movie to rent. Despite the calm, in just a few days these self-proclaimed "average joes" will be among the first same-sex couples to be married in Florida.

See also: Finally, Equal Rights: Gays Can Marry in Florida

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Jonathan Kendall is a former editor at Big Think. He studied journalism at Harvard and is a contributing writer for Miami New Times as well as for Vogue, Cultured, Los Angeles Review of Books, Smithsonian, and Atlas Obscura.
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