Todd and Jeff Delmay, Hollywood's First Married Same-Sex Couple, To Attend State of the Union Address
Todd and Jeffrey Delmay (far left) will be attending tonight's State of the Union Address
One of the two couples who became the first to be legally married in Florida will be attending tonight's State of the Union Address in Washington D.C.
Hollywood residents Todd and Jeff Delmay were invited by congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz to sit with her at President Obama's State of the Union Address, as representatives of not only the state, but of same-sex couples throughout the country.
Wasserman Schultz called the couple personally to be her guests.
Todd and Jeffrey were one of two couples who were married by Judge Sarah Zabel of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court on January 5, the day the judge's stay on same-sex marriage ruling being lifted in Florida. The two were part of the six same-sex couples that sued Florida last year over the state's 2008 same-sex marriage ban. The suit was ultimately key in lifting the ban in the state, which began issuing marriage licenses earlier this month.
The two men were immediately wed in Miami, along with Catherina and Karla Pareto, making both couples the first same-sex couples to legally marry in Florida.
Todd and Jeffery, who live in Hollywood, met in 2002 at an event held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami, where Todd had been working. The two hit if off almost immediately, and have been together ever since. They're also parents to a young son, Blake.
The two have wanted to get married for years, but were adamant about getting it done in Florida.
"It is my distinct honor to invite my constituents Todd and Jeff to join me for the President's State of the Union address at the Capitol next week," said Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz via a statement.
"Their bold efforts, along with Equality Florida and the other plaintiff couples, helped turn the page on the legal discrimination of the past and start a new chapter in Florida's history. I'm looking forward to celebrating their marriage, and highlighting the ongoing effort to achieve equality for all, next week in Washington," Wasserman Schultz added.
"When we married last week, little did we know that we'd be spending our honeymoon with our beloved congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, at the State of the Union," said Todd, via Equality Florida. "We are over the moon with excitement!"
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