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On High Court Same-Sex Ruling, Celebration, Resolve To Carry On Fight

Attorney Mary Meeks was part of a group that represented plaintiffs in Florida's litigation. Photo by Amy Green

Friday’s high court ruling affirming same-sex marriage nationwide resolves lingering litigation in Florida on the issue.

But one local civil rights attorney says there’s still work to be done to advance gay rights in Florida.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling settles the appeals of a federal judge’s decision overturning the state’s same-sex marriage ban. The marriages began in Florida in January.

Mary Meeks was part of a team representing the plaintiffs in the litigation. She described the high court’s decision as monumental for Americans.

“It gives us the same level of human dignity as everybody else, and that’s a pretty amazing thing and something that I think hopefully every human being would agree that every human being is entitled to.”

But Meeks says work will continue for other legal protections.

She says gay Floridians still face discrimination when it comes to things like landing a job or securing a home loan.

Central Florida’s LGBT community is celebrating the ruling.

Terry DeCarlo oversees The Center, the state’s oldest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community center.

“It hit me sort of like a ton of bricks. I knew it was going to happen, but it still was sort of a shock to the system because I had put it in the back of my head that, you know, what’s going to happen now. So it hit me like a ton of bricks, and the tears started.”

Hundreds were expected at a celebration Friday evening at the Hammered Lamb in downtown Orlando.

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