Longtime couple to kick-off gay marriages

June 10, 2008 10:47:27 AM PDT
Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon's nuptials at City Hall ignited the gay wedding spree that thrust San Francisco into the national spotlight in 2004.

Now the city plans to stage a repeat of the ceremony, this time as the first one held once gay marriage is legal in California at 5 p.m. on June 16.

Mayor Gavin Newsom, who officiated at the 2004 ceremony and plans to do the same next week, said Monday that Martin and Lyon's will be the only gay wedding held at City Hall on June 16. The clerk's office will issue licenses for other couples beginning June 17.

Martin, 87, and Lyon, 84, longtime lesbian activists who have been together for more than five decades, have become symbols for the movement to grant same-sex couples the right to marry. The pair also were plaintiffs in the California Supreme Court case that led to the legalization of gay marriage.


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