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Gay-marriage ruling prompts celebration in Tallahassee


There was dancing in the street in Tallahassee Thursday after a judge overturned the state's same-sex marriage ban.


About 50 supporters of marriage equality lined Monroe Street outside of the Historic Capitol to celebrate the ruling. They waved rainbow flags and signs adorned with hearts, and cheered when passing motorists honked in support.

There was no music, but some attendees were so happy they danced.

"It's hard to put into words," said Amanda James, who works in a real estate office. "I feel free now. It's like, I'm a real person. For the first time, I have the same rights as everybody else."

Others were already looking ahead.

"Today was an important first step," said Haley Cutler, who identifies as queer, and attended the celebration with her fiance, Andie Seeber, and their dog, Peanut. "But there is still a long road ahead. We have a lot of work to do."

Cutler said she was disappointed by Attorney General Pam Bondi's decision to appeal the ruling.

"This would be over if Bondi and the other Republicans in power weren't appealing it," Cutler said. "The voters need to remember that."