When people think of Israel, images of violent conflict often come to mind. Founded in 1948 in the aftermath of the Holocaust, the country's original purpose was to give the Jewish people a safe haven in their Biblical homeland. Israel's Arab neighbors didn't take too kindly to the new arrivals. And so many wars have been fought over that tiny strip of land.

The rain didn’t hinder the festivities of last weekend’s Stonewall Summer Pride, including the spirits of the Luminary Couples of South Florida. A group of LGBT couples who have been together for 10 years or more, from the float they waved to the crowd and showed the community their long-time loves. Times have changed since many of them fell in love, and for the better.