Longtime Couple To Kick Off Gay Marriage in California

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - 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 a repeat of the ceremony when gay marriage
becomes legal in California on June 16.
Mayor Gavin Newsom plans to officiate at the couple's wedding,
just as he did for them in 2004. He said Monday that Martin and
Lyon will be the only gay couple married at City Hall on June 16.
The clerk's office will issue licenses for other couples beginning
June 17.
Martin, 87, and Lyon, 84, are lesbian activists who have been
together for more than five decades. They were plaintiffs in the
California Supreme Court case that led to the state's legalization
of gay marriage.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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