In a ceremony not recognized in their home state (at least not yet), the Florida Democratic Party’s political director, Christian Ulvert, married his partner Carlos Andrade last week Washington D.C.
“Getting married in DC was a natural choice for us because Carlos lived in DC for a year and my passion for politics made it a perfect choice,” Ulvert told the Miami Herald’s Naked Politics blog. “It also symbolizes how far we’ve come in a short period in moving forward with marriage equality.”
It may have come far, but in Florida, it hasn’t come quite far enough. In 2008, voters approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. To change that, LGBT activists will need to come up with at least 60 percent of the vote.
After three years being together, Ulvert and Andrade’s relationship deepened after the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act. For the July 19 ceremony, family members and friends joined the couple at the Liaison Hotel, close to the US Capitol.