Vanessa And Melanie's Story From The Let Love Define Family Series

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Florida may be known as “The Sunshine State,” but many of its LGBT citizens who want to marry live under a dark cloud. Nevertheless, there have been breaks in the clouds and brighter days are ahead. Thirty-eight-year-old Vanessa Alenier, an assistant general manager for tradeshows and special events, and her partner Melanie Alenier, 35, an insurance agent at State Farm, are currently plaintiffs along with five other couples and Equality Florida Institute in a lawsuit challenging Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage. Although the fight is far from over, the couple is overjoyed that the marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional yesterday in Key West; the ruling by Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia, however, applies only to Monroe County.

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