Countdown to Marriage rally in Miami Beach

  • The Florida Countdown to Marriage Rally was held Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the LGBT Visitor Center, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. The state's two leading gay rights groups, Equality Florida and SAVE, along with the ACLU of Florida and the National Council For Lesbian Rights, presented the free event. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Juan del Hierro, second from right, and Thomas Gantt, far right, holding their son Lucas, kiss after del Hierro spoke at the Florida Countdown to Marriage Rally on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach. Legally married in Washington, D.C. in 2010, the Miami couple is among eight married same-sex couples in a federal lawsuit to ensure their marriage is recognized in Florida. The ACLU filed the lawsuit. The state's two leading gay rights groups, Equality Florida and SAVE, along with the ACLU of Florida and the National Council For Lesbian Rights, presented the rally at 1130 Washington Ave. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Longtime couple Charles Hunziker, left, and Dr. Robert Collier wear T-shirts voicing their sentiments on same-sex couples having the freedom to marry. The couple attended the Florida Countdown to Marriage Rally on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach. They legally married on July 15, 2013, in New York City. They met on July 4, 1963. "It was a fifty-year engagement. We wanted to be sure," joked Hunziker, smiling. The state's two leading gay rights groups, Equality Florida and SAVE, along with the ACLU of Florida and the National Council For Lesbian Rights, presented the rally at 1130 Washington Ave. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Cathy Pareto, left, and Karla Arguello, among six same-sex couples on whose behalf the Equality Florida Institute filed a lawsuit to marry in Florida, talk of their quest for equality, during the Florida Countdown to Marriage Rally on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach. The state's two leading gay rights groups, Equality Florida and SAVE, along with the ACLU of Florida and the National Council For Lesbian Rights, presented the rally at 1130 Washington Ave. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kendall couple Bob Medina, left, and Hector Zuazo, center, who were legally married in Toronto, hold pro-marriage signs as they stand with Antonio Divine of West Miami at the Florida Countdown to Marriage Rally on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach. The state's two leading gay rights groups, Equality Florida and SAVE, along with the ACLU of Florida and the National Council For Lesbian Rights, presented the rally at 1130 Washington Ave. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF