The first legal gay marriages have beenperformed in California.
Dozens of same-sex couples in five counties got their licenses
from county clerks soon after it was permitted, at 5 p.m.
California time. Many more are expected to show up in coming days.
One of the first marriages has been presided over by San
Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who's challenge to the state's
marriage laws in 2004 led to the recent ruling by California's
supreme court that allows them. At City Hall, he helped marry two
pioneers of the gay rights movement, who are 87 and 84 years old.
Opponents of gay marriage have not given up -- they're launching
various legal challenges. A hearing on one matter is scheduled for