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Video & Gallery | U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson honored as SAVE Dade gay rights Champion of Equality

More than 600 guests attended SAVE Dade's 2012 Champions of Equality awards reception Friday, May 11, 2012, at LMNT gallery in Miami.

Attendees included U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who received an award; U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, (who presented Nelson with his award); U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami; Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez; and many Florida legislators and local politicians.

Watch the video above to see Wasserman Schultz introduce Nelson and the senator's acceptance speech.

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SAVE Dade also enshrined six popular Miami-Dade County activists into the group's Hall of Fame: From left, Dennis Edwards, Mark Steinberg, Elizabeth Schwartz, Executive Director C.J. Ortuño, Joan Schaeffer, Eric Hankin and Richard Milstein.

Click the photo to view a gallery of photos from the reception. Photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.

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