Same-sex couples denied marriage licenses on Valentine's Day
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Despite knowing what the outcome would be, a group of same-sex couples went together to Lee County Courthouse today to apply for marriage licenses.
Robert Bodycomb and Peter Pazumas-Bodycomb have been together for 31 years and got legally married in New York, but hope to one day have a wedding in Florida and have their relationship legally recognized in the state where they live.
"Things have to change. There's a reason that we're doing this, and that's it. You know, the government has to recognize it sometime soon," Peter said.
Pastor Steve Filizzi with St. John the Apostle Metropolitan Church organizes the event every Valentine's Day.
"Equality of marriage is needed for all people. It's not just a religious issue, it's not just something about a sacrament, it has real civil consequences for people in so many different ways," Filizzi said.
Even though the couple knew that they would be denied, Robert and Peter admitted they were disappointed.
"When it actually happens, it really hits," Robert said.
Filizzi said they appreciate the kindness offered by the staff at the courthouse, and don't blame them for the laws.
"I think it's great," said Clerk Joanne Miller about the group coming every year. "I think they should be able to be married."