Tampa GLBT activists celebrate - but wonder when same-sex marriage will come to Florida

click to enlarge Barb Lawrence & Kimmy Denny celebrate the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage Wednesday night in Tampa - Chip Weiner
Chip Weiner
Barb Lawrence & Kimmy Denny celebrate the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage Wednesday night in Tampa
  • Chip Weiner
  • Barb Lawrence & Kimmy Denny celebrate the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage Wednesday night in Tampa

A crowd estimated to be around 100 happy people gathered in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Tampa Wednesday night to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overthrow the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which will now extend many benefits to couples in the states where same-sex marriage is legal, as well as give the Obama administration the ability to broaden other benefits through executive actions.

But Florida remains one of 37 states banning such unions, putting that into the state constitution with the passage of Amendment Two in 2008. So the question is: When does the effort begin to overturn that law?

"Nothing really changed for us, " admitted Tampa activist Zeke Fread, addressing the crowd who gathered on the sidewalk on Florida Avenue outside the courthouse. But though too true for Floridian same-sex couples who would like to get married anytime soon, the fact that the court ruled as it did today was a cause for celebration for everyone in the crowd.

"This morning I cried like a baby," said Jarrod Scarborough with the group GetEQUAL. "Section 3 of DOMA is dead! And all I can say is ding-dong, DOMA is dead."