Six same-sex couples from South Florida are seeking the right to marry

  • Mothers Marlene Pareto, glasses/left/back, attend court with Bertha Blanco as Blanco holds the hand of Cathy Pareto, her daughter's partner as her daughter Karla Arguello, far right, looks on, while their attorney makes his argument to the court. They are one of the six same-sex couples who are asking marriage license to be issued. Six same-sex couples on Wednesday asked Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel to rule immediately and order County Clerk Harvey Ruvin to issue them marriage licenses on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kelsey Mac, 25, a LGBT activist, stands across from members of the Christian Coalition outside the Miami-Dade County Courthouse on July 2, 2014. The two groups gathered to demonstrate as six same-sex couples inside the courthouse asked Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel to issue them marriage licenses. NATALIE FERTIG / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Billy Turner, 50, holds signs outside the Miami-Dade Courthouse Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Turner was one of a group from the Christian Coalition that gathered to support Florida's ban on gay marriage. "We do not hate them," Turner said about the group of LGBT activists standing a few feet away. NATALIE FERTIG / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Donna Deptuch (left) attends a rally outside the Miami-Dade Courthouse in Miami Wednesday, July 2, 2014, with her wife, Susan Wade. LGBT activists stood alongside members of the Christian Coalition outside the courthouse Wednesday while six same-sex couples inside asked Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel to issue them marriage licenses. NATALIE FERTIG / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Howard Brownstein, 51, chants "I want to marry the man I love!" at a protest outside the Miami-Dade County Courthouse Wednesday, July 2, 2014, while members of the Christian Coalition stand nearby. Brownstein is planning ot marry his partner of 17 years in Vermont in a few months, but says "we don't want to go to Vermont, we don't want to leave Florida." NATALIE FERTIG / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Billy Turner, center, of the Christian Coalition, holds a sign outside the Miami-Dade Courthouse on July 2, 2014. The Christian Coalition stood opposite LGBT protesters outside the courthouse Wednesday while six same-sex couples inside asked Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel to issue them marriage licenses. NATALIE FERTIG / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Bertha Blanco, center, shows a picture of her daughter with her partner and their child to members of the defense team as they exit the courtroom. The one attorney shares a photo of his child with fellow defense team member. Six same-sex couples on Wednesday asked Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel to rule immediately and order County Clerk Harvey Ruvin to issue them marriage licenses on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Three of the six same-sex couples sit in the courtroom from left to right are couples: Cathy Pareto and Karla Arguello, Melanie Alenier and Vanessa Alenier, and Pam Faerber and Summer Greene. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Member of the group supporting traditional marriage listen to opening arguments. Six same-sex couples on Wednesday asked Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel to rule immediately and order County Clerk Harvey Ruvin to issue them marriage licenses on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Three of the six same-sex couples sit in the courtroom from left to right are couples: Cathy Pareto and Karla Arguello, Melanie Alenier and Vanessa Alenier, and Pam Faerber and Summer Greene. Six same-sex couples on Wednesday asked Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel to rule immediately and order County Clerk Harvey Ruvin to issue them marriage licenses on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Mothers Marlene Pareto, left/back, Bertha Blanco attend court with daughters, Cathy Pareto, and Karla Arguello, right, who are one of the six same-sex couples who are asking marriage license to be issued. Six same-sex couples on Wednesday, July 14, 2014, asked Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel to rule immediately and order County Clerk Harvey Ruvin to issue them marriage licenses. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Attorney Sylvia Walbolt addresses the court on behalf of same-sex couples. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Attorney Mathew Staver, counsel for Liberty Counsel, addresses the court regarding the neutrality of the office of the clerk of Miami-Dade circuit and county courts. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Attorney Luis G. Montaldo, counsel to the Clerk, addresses the court regarding the neutrality of the office of the clerk of Miami-Dade circuit and county courts. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF