ORLANDO, Fla. —
The city of Orlando is officially joining the push for marriage equality in Florida, joining a host of other cities in calling on the state to overturn its ban on same sex marriage.
While Kim Bowles and Ridge Holdridge have been a couple for nearly two decades, Florida’s ban on gay marriage has prevented the two from legally getting married.
“Twenty years, feels just like yesterday,” said Bowles.
“It just was instantaneous,” said Holdridge.
But what’s given the two hope is the domino effect that’s happened nationwide. So far, 19 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized gay marriage.
And now Mayor Buddy Dyer, who has been a vocal supporter of the LGBT community, is taking another strong stance.
“No. 1, it’s the right thing to do,” said Dyer. “No. 2, I can always equate it in economic terms.”
“I think we’re learning,” said Bowles. “I think the greater community is learning.”
“It’s about love, and we love each other,” said Holdridge.
On Monday, the Orlando City Council approved filing a brief supporting marriage equality in Florida. It’s a symbolic gesture that also argues lifting the ban will have a positive economic and tourism impact.
The decision comes a week before a south Florida judge will hear from attorneys for six same-sex couples who are challenging the ban.
Bowles and Holdridge are among thousands watching closely and holding out hope.
“I hear a cry of the people,” said Bowles. “I hear a cry of the people saying, ‘Get this done.'”
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