Spring wedding ceremonies outdoors in Treaty Oaks Park in downtown Jacksonville, FL are so pretty. Home to the oldest tree in Jacksonville (more than 200 years) its branches spread out far and wide, and are so long and heavy that many rest directly on the ground. To give you perspective, this tree is larger than an office building.
This morning I performed a commitment ceremony for the two most adorable senior citizens. Pension payouts and other financial concerns means they can’t get married. That didn’t stop these two lovebirds. From the 22nd floor in her senior center apartment, with two friends attending and another snapping pictures, Liz and Elijah made beautiful promises of love and loyalty to each other overlooking the downtown skyline.
Folks, making dreams come true is the reason I do this job.
On January 6, 2015, I married the very first gay couple in Duval County, Florida. Tim and Garlyn Purcell took their vows with tears in their eyes, the sun on their shoulders and the whole world watching on the steps of the courthouse. It gave me tremendous pride to be a part of this historic moment in Jacksonville and I’m humbled to have made them so very happy.
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