Each week the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses here. For those without access, my responses are below.
What was the biggest story of the week?
This last week, many same-sex couples across Florida celebrated the first anniversary of being legally married in their home state. Some of these couples had their first wedding a year ago. 44 couples were married by Mayor Buddy Dyer at Orlando City Hall, where I had the honor of offering the blessing. Later that week, First Unitarian Church conducted 14 weddings in one afternoon. We also celebrated 13 couples who had previously traveled out of state to get legal marriages but now were ensured that the legal status of their unions would be recognized where they live.
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
Celebrations of the life and legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have begun and will continue through the next week. Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech will be much referenced and quoted, particularly the part about the dream. It was, and is, an amazing dream. However, to truly honor Dr. King, we must also honor the work that has not yet been completed. The Black Lives Matters movement continues to raise important issues that deserve our attention. May our annual celebration inspire us to recommit ourselves to creation of the Dream.
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