Jim Brenner and Chuck Jones of Tallahassee didn't see themselves as civil-rights pioneers when they sued Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi last year, seeking to have their Canadian marriage recognized by the state. Brenner and Jones, both longtime state employees, simply wanted the same health and pension benefits that straight couples enjoyed. But their lawsuit, filed in federal court in Tallahassee, ended up having bigger impact than they ever imagined. It prompted U.
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Smith started planning the event in January, when he heard Florida had lifted a ban on same-sex marriage. He went to Twitter using the hashtag gayweddings and invited the first couples to take part in the free wedding. After the couples walked down the aisle they were treated to a delectable wedding feast and a seven-tier cake made by Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman. Write to Helen Regan at helen.
One of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country since the s, the southwestern Florida city of Naples might not be the most popular destination for gay tourists, but it does have a few gay-friendly establishments. Even if it's not one of the most popular gay destinations in Florida, Naples makes for a great tourist destination regardless. It's an attractive, temperate beach destination along Florida's scenic Gulf Coast, and a western access point for exploring the immense and naturally stunning Florida Everglades. The residents of Naples are generally welcoming to all types of people, but if you're looking for a specifically gay-friendly establishment in the city, you'll feel right at home at the Bambusa. This is an excellent restaurant, too, serving far above-and-beyond the usual pub fare, with well-prepared and healthful renditions of a number of pasta, chicken, seafood, and veggie dishes.