Range of South Florida voices, pro & con, on same-sex marriage rulings

Wilton Manors Mayor Gary Resnick riding in his city's gay pride parade on June. 22. His partner, Eric Bucher, is to Resnick's right.

Broward: 5:30 p.m. Outside the Federal Courthouse at the intersection of East Broward Boulevard and Third Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. Organized by activist Michael Rajner in connection with the Pride Center in Wilton Manors and the gay rights group Equality Florida.

Palm Beach County: 4 p.m. Plaza at the West Palm Beach City Hall and Library at the intersection of Clematis Street and Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. Organized by the gay rights group Equality Florida.

Miami-Dade County: 6 p.m. Courtyard of the LGBT Visitors Center, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Organized by the gay rights groups Equality Florida and SAVE Dade.

10:05 a.m. | Voters may be asked to repeal Florida ban on same-sex marriage

Activists aren’t sure about their course of action in Florida, where voters added a ban on gay marriage to the state Constitution in 2008. It received 62 percent of the vote statewide; 52 percent in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The big state gay rights group Equality Florida recently launched a “Get Engaged” campaign, a long-term effort to secure same-sex marriage rights in Florida.

But Nadine Smith, Equality Florida’s executive director, said she wasn’t sure if it would push for a change in the state Constitution in the November 2014 ballot. “We’re not committed to the 2014 ballot. But every option remains on the table,” she said before the court acted.

A Miami-based group calling itself Equal Marriage Florida is gearing up a campaign to get a question before voters in the 2014 governor’s election.

Changing the Florida Constitution requires 60 percent of the vote, and it’s unclear if there’s sufficient support to change the ban on gay marriage that voters added in 2008.

Of 500 Floridians surveyed in March by Public Policy Polling, 38 percent said gay couples should be allowed to legally marry, 37 percent said gay couples should be allowed to form civil unions but not marry, and 23 percent said there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship.

Other polls that ask about same-sex marriage and don’t offer a civil union option show higher support for gay marriage, but still short of 60 percent.

Moreover, in midterm elections between presidential contests, turnout slips – especially among Democrats. And Democrats are much bigger supporters of same-sex marriage than Republicans, whose turnout doesn’t slip as much.

10 a.m.| Frankel at Supreme Court

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, tweets picture of herself waiting outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Everyone should be able to live in a committed relationship with the one they love regardless of gender,” she tweets.

9:58 a.m. | Gay couples waiting

Gay and lesbian couples throughout South Florida have been waiting for news from the Supreme Court, hoping it would make same-sex marriage the law of the land.

“It would mean everything to us. It would mean that we have equal standing with all the other citizens of the United States who have been able to enjoy the privilege of marriage, and all the rights that come with it,” said Patty Harris, 49, of Oakland Park.

Harris, who works in real estate, has been with her partner Carol Lambert, 69, for 28 years.

They’re registered as domestic partners with Broward County. But that doesn’t allow them to file joint income tax returns or one to get Social Security benefits as a survivor if the other partner dies. “If something happens to me, I would like my partner, my love of my life, to get my benefits,” Lambert said.