Last month Fort Lauderdale passed a resolution supporting marriage equality despite its Mayor, Jack Seiler, still being adamantly opposed. Now the local convention bureau, The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, is announcing its support for same-sex marriage as well.
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau President, Nicki E. Grossman, said in a prepared statement:
“After years of seeking equal rights for the LGBT community in Florida, it is the right time to do the right thing and allow same sex marriage throughout the state. The rainbow flag flies loud and proud in Broward County and we can’t wait to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage with couples from all walks of life and from all over the country.”
The CVB has a long history marketing to the LGBT community. They were the first in the country to have a dedicated department supporting LGBT tourism and their first LGBT ad campaign dates back to 1996.
According to the press release more than $1.3 million LGBT people visited Broward County in 2013.
“We’ve come a long way in a short period and we hope the state will follow our lead and welcome the LGBT community with their wish to be married and have their marriages recognized here with warm, open and loving arms,” said Richard Gray, managing director, LGBT market, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.