Meet the couple who forced Florida to recognize same-sex marriages

Meet the couple who forced Florida to recognize same-sex marriages
Chuck Jones (left) and Jim Brenner.
Chuck Jones (left) and Jim Brenner. Family photo

Via: Orlando Sentinel

Jim Brenner is a state forest-service manager and firefighter. Chuck Jones is a manager at the Florida Department of Education. They live in Tallahassee and have been sweethearts for 25 years, a married couple for five.

They have never been gay-rights activists.

“My day is about as milquetoast, as boring as you could probably imagine,” said Jones.

But on Feb. 28 they did something that is about to make history: They filed the civil-rights lawsuit that on Tuesday is expected to unlock the doors at courthouses across the state, allowing same-sex couples to get married.

Their suit also produced another groundbreaking victory: Come Tuesday the state of Florida must give same-sex couples who married elsewhere the same legal rights as every other married couple.

Brenner, 62, and Jones, 50, traveled to Canada and on Sept. 3, 2009, got married there. When they got home to Tallahassee, though, it was as if nothing had changed.

Read their story at the Orlando Sentinel

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