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Bay area locals react to judge's same sex marriage ruling

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Tampa's Cece Arduengo and Denise Fletcher had to go all the way to New York to get hitched.

They hope soon to have another wedding ceremony closer to home- that is if Florida legalizes gay marriage.

Thursday they inched closer to that goal.

"We're so excited; we've waited so long," they said.

A judge in Monroe County overturned the state's same sex marriage ban. His ruling only applies to the Keys, but many see it as something bigger.

"This is the step that takes it to the next level," said Ed Lally with Equality Florida.

Supporters celebrated the decision at the Tampa Unity Church, complete with an appropriately decorated wedding cake.

"It's exciting. It's wonderful news; this is huge for Florida," Lally said.

"It's another example of the judicial lawlessness in our country today," countered Terry Kemple.

Kemple is the president of the Community Issues Council, which supports traditional marriage.

"I believe firmly that marriage should be between one man and one woman. It's better for children and our society," said Kemple.

Thursday's ruling has already been appealed by Attorney General Pam Bondi. The legal back and forth could take weeks.

Despite that, proponents aren't letting that ruin what they're calling a monumental day in Florida.

"Just get over it; it’s 2014,” said Fletcher. “Our lives aren't that much different than yours."

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