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Before election, Florida gay-rights group raises profile

When judges in two counties struck down Florida’s ban on same-sex marriages last month, a St. Petersburg-based advocacy group was poised to get the word out.

The group, Equality Florida, organized celebrations from Tallahassee to Key West, and flooded social media with colorful graphics proclaiming “Love Wins in Florida!”

Equality Florida has been working to protect Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community for more than two decades. But its statewide profile has risen to new heights in the aftermath of the rulings.

Its leaders hope to carry that clout into the November elections.

"We have more than 300,000 pro-equality voters that we have identified and mobilized in different elections," founder and CEO Nadine Smith said. "We will be doing everything in our power to get them to the polls."

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