Published: Jul 18, 2014 6:31 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 18, 2014 6:34 PM EDT

FLORIDA - "I always thought that Florida was going to be one of the last states that that was going to be accepted," says Carlos Rivera, who supports gay marriage.

Jerry Dunn and Carlos Rivera met while serving in the miltary back in 1980.

"I was stationed in the army, Carlos was stationed in the air force," says Jerry Dunn.

Jerry and Carols met in Frankfort, Germany and have been together since 1980.  Now they want to get married and after one Florida judge struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban in Monoroe County, they thought they could do just that until an appeal was filed.

They have plans to wed in Chicago come December, though they say it won't be the same. "This is where I lived most of my life, in Florida. It would be great to get married at home," says Rivera.

Florida is just one of a number of states where a Judge has overturned a voter approved constituional amendment. That is something that many people are frustrated with.

"All of these judges are are acting completely outside of the scope of their legitimate authority and are violating their oath of office to uphold the constitution," says John Stemberger, President of the Florida Family Policy Council.

Governor Rick Ccott weighed in on the debate Friday, but sidestepped the question when WINK News wanted to know how he felt about the ruling.

"I believe in traditional marriage," says Mr. Scott. "I've been married since I was 19 years old, but I want to make sure no one's discriminated against."

Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Christ says the ruling is a great step towards equality in Florida, and asks the state's leaders to accept the decission.

As for Carlos and Jerry, optimism doesn't even begin to sum up how they feel about the Judge's decission.

"Let it happen," says Jerry. "Let it be, because it's going to happen."