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Morgan McMullen / WUSF 89.7 News

Surrounded by a crowd of about a hundred spectators, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman lowered the American flag outside City Hall.

He then re-raised it, with a new rainbow flag adorning the rope just beneath it.

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Boxes and stacks of wedding RSVPs crowd Kelly Bardier and Jaci Pfeiffer’s suburban Orlando dining room. The couple is getting ready to tie the knot in Cocoa Beach. Their dogs Sophie and Sadie jump about.

With same-sex marriage now legal nationwide, lawmakers in numerous states are preparing for a new round of battles in 2016 over whether to grant discrimination protections to LGBT people or religious exemptions to nonprofits and businesses that object to gay marriage.