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We're sad to share the passing of local LGBTQ activist, attorney, and former county mayor, Ken Keechl. He was 60 years old and died less than a year after his husband. The Gazette spoke with locals to share their reactions, and we'll have a full obituary coming soon.

Rest in power.

-- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Local Activist Ken Keechl Dies at 60

By John Hayden

Ken Keechl, right, with his late husband, Ted Adcock. Photo by J.R. Davis.

Ken Keechl, an attorney who pioneered LGBTQ family law in Florida, has passed away. The news was announced on social media by his friend, the Rev. Joel Slotnick.

“Absolutely shocked and saddened to hear about the sudden passing of friend Ken Keechl. He was an amazing man who cared so much about the community. So many roles in government, too, aside from being a great attorney.”

He focused his life’s work on bettering the LGBTQ community around him. Before marriage equality, Keechl worked on domestic partnership law, adoption, and other equality issues.

He was also incredibly prolific in local politics. Keechl was elected to the Broward County Commission in 2006, and served as the county’s first openly gay mayor from 2009-2010. He graduated from Florida State University’s law school in 1987 and began a love affair with law and politics.

Todd Delmay, current president of the Dolphin Democrats, praised his predecessor as a friend and mentor.

“He was a leader in the community and a trailblazer. We are very proud of his past as president of Dolphin Democrats. His counsel was always so wise. He was a kind man and so giving.”

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