Key West’s official motto is One Human Family, adopted in 2000, promoting the inherent unity and equality of all people. In years past, the city and the Florida Keys’ Monroe County helped lead the nation in the fight for same-sex legal rights and marriage equality.
Current trends indicate that most gay and lesbian weddings in the island chain are intimate personal events with fewer than 30 guests.
Key West’s outdoor wedding settings, framed by ardent sunsets, include the half-mile-long Smathers Beach on the island’s southern side; gardens at the former home of author Ernest Hemingway, the Audubon House and the Oldest House Museum; the White Street Pier and the Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters; and the lushly landscaped courtyards of inns and guest houses.
Couples have married on paddleboards and bicycles, and scuba aficionados have married underwater. At Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, couples can marry on the beach or at a Civil War–era fort.
Those who prefer a more traditional setting can choose to wed at one of Key West’s gracious churches such as St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Duval Street or the nondenominational Metropolitan Community Church in a picturesque neighborhood.
Florida Keys honeymoons can be spent in a luxury oceanfront resort, an intimate island suite or a lovingly restored historic guest house. Romantic activities might include commandeering the wheel of a tall ship, chartering a sailboat or boarding a seaplane for a truly memorable day trip to remote Dry Tortugas National Park.
Throughout the Keys, experienced gay and lesbian wedding specialists offer subtropical expertise in finding just the right attire, flowers, music, wedding rings, catering, cakes, photographers, videographers, decorators, transportation and officiants.
Key West visitor information: fla-keys.com/gay, fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Gay Key West Visitor Center: gaykeywestfl.com, 305-294-4603 or 1-800-535-7797
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