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Hundreds of same-sex couples married across Florida today, the first day their unions are recognized in the state. WJCT was at the Duval County Courthouse to report on the historic day.

Timm Purcell and Garlyn Purcell became the first same-sex couple to get married in Duval County in front of the courthouse.

Florida’s statewide ban on gay marriage ended just after midnight, and same-sex couples lined up to apply for marriage licenses before seven in the morning.

Lindsay Myers

As of today, gay couples can legally marry in Florida. That’s because more than a dozen same-sex couples sued to get the same benefits as straight couples. WJCT talked with one of the women who filed the historic suit.


Peter Haden / WJCT

Officials gathered in Jacksonville’s Hemming Park Monday for the unveiling of “Charlie’s Cafe,” a new lunchtime eatery named after longtime Jacksonville Congressman Charles Bennett. The cafe is a public-private partnership between the City and the nonprofit Friends of Hemming Park.

Tables for 64 diners and outdoor space heaters will be set up for lunchtime every weekday. Charlie’s will feature a rotating line-up of caterers, restaurants and food trucks until a permanent food vendor is chosen.

Friends of Hemming Park Director Vince Cavin said this is just phase one.