Staff WriterState of the City address. He congratulated the city for its strength, but called for necessary changes in order to propel the city into a prosperous future. Social change made the list, a change that was successfully accomplished through the city's approval of a domestic partner registry, which took effect in 2012. The video below was taken by Mikael Frank Audebert, who holds many esteemed titles in Orlando's thriving LGBT community and synergistic initiatives. Buddy acknowledged Orlando's strong multicultural and accepting community. "Diversity is our greatest strength and a vibrant, welcoming community attracts the kind of industries and talent our cities need... Love and commitment should be encouraged, and it should be celebrated and it should be embraced as a constitutional right for all." Dyer reminded his listeners that Orlando was ahead of the game in Florida and has over 1,200 couples currently registered. The mayor officially "came out" in support of marriage equality, hoping that his city could one day host Florida's first same-sex marriage. His words were followed by considerable fanfare from the crowd. "Why not encourage gay weddings? It's actually an economic boom. It's actually something that would make sense, but for some reason our Legislators are stuck in the 17th century with religious views that frankly most people don't even hold anymore."
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