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Obamas send congrats to couple who filed Monroe County’s first same-sex marriage lawsuit

Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones show off their congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones show off their congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Via Facebook

When he returned from the mailbox Monday, Aaron Huntsman of Key West saw he and his husband William Lee Jones got a letter from two most unexpected senders: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

“I was like, ‘The White House? What is this?’ “ Huntsman said. “I do know they send out letters on occasions, birthdays. I waited for Lee to open it up because I didn’t want to wreck the envelope. He took a little razor blade to the top and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s in their handwriting.’ “

Well, the signatures, anyway. Huntsman is convinced their signatures are actual signatures, not stamps of their signatures. So what’d they write?

“Congratulations to you on your wedding day. May this special time be blessed with love, laughter and happiness. We wish you the best as you embark on your journey together, and we hope your bond grows stronger with each passing year.”

Huntsman, who with Jones last year filed the first Florida lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, said he had written the president some time ago to tell the president their story.

“I really like what the president did with this issue,” he said. “I explained to them the entire issue.”

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