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Aetna ‘First Love’ video features Miami-Dade same-sex marriage plaintiff Melanie Alenier

Vanessa and Melanie Alenier, during a news conference on Jan. 21, 2014, announcing that six same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute filed a lawsuit in Florida state court in Miami seeking the freedom to marry. The announcement was made at the LGBT Visitors center on Miami Beach.
Vanessa and Melanie Alenier, during a news conference on Jan. 21, 2014, announcing that six same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute filed a lawsuit in Florida state court in Miami seeking the freedom to marry. The announcement was made at the LGBT Visitors center on Miami Beach. MIAMI HERALD File

Insurance company Aetna has just unveiled a new video featuring Melanie Alenier, who with partner Vanessa successfully sued for the right to marry in Florida.

“They did an amazing job,” Melanie Alenier said of Aetna. “They reached out to us and told about the project. They just embraced same-sex couples. They wanted to spread the word that Aetna had the doors open to same-sex couples.”

From Aetna’s LGBT site, “Be proud. Be Well”:

When it comes to health insurance coverage, maybe you want access to more than just the basics. Like a way to find LGBT and LGBT-friendly doctors and care you’re comfortable with. Wellness coaching that inspires you to work out, eat healthier or manage stress. Coverage with features that fit you, your partner and your family.

We’re here, with health plans and programs to help you — and those you love — be healthy and well.

Check out Melanie and Stephen, real people sharing a real story about what’s important in their lives.

Melanie and Vanessa Alenier were among six same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute who successfully sued Miami-Dade County Clerk Harvey Ruvin after being denied marriage licenses in January 2014.

The Aleniers, together nine years this week, married Jan. 9, 2015, four days after Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted a stay in the Ruvin case and legalized same-sex marriage in the county. The following day, gay marriage became legal throughout Florida after U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle’s stay in a similar federal case expired.

The Aleniers’ son Ethan, 6, and Melanie’s mom were present when the women wed in Broward Circuit Judge Lisa Porter’s closed courtroom. “It was very private, very small,” Melanie Alenier said of their wedding. “Everything else has been so public.”

For more about the Aleniers, click here.

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