A sold-out crowd packed a Hilton Miami Downtown ballroom Thursday for the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's first State of Our Community luncheon.
Featured speakers, from left: Stratton Pollitzer, deputy director of Equality Florida; Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez; Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower; Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason; Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado; C.J. Ortuño, executive director of SAVE Dade; and Chamber President Steve Adkins.
The audience of 200 gave Bower a standing ovation when she publicly signed on to the national Mayors for the Freedom to Marry campaign, after attorney Richard Milstein presented pledge forms to the four mayors.
Right, Bower signs the form as Milstein and Miami Beach Commissioner Jerry Libbin look on.
Click the photos to view a gallery from Thursday's luncheon. Photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.