Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Phyllis and Del

Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon were married back in 2004, but it was overturned. Null and void.

Well, these ladies did the "I Do's" again yesterday.

Del Martin, 87, and Phyllis Lyon, 84, who have been a couple for 55 years, were among the first same-sex partners to legally exchange marriage vows in California Monday. Marriage licenses for gay couples were officially issued after the California State Supreme Court overturned a ban on such unions.

In San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom, who helped launch the series of lawsuits that led the court to strike down California's one-man-one-woman marriage laws, presided at the wedding. He called officiating the wedding "this extraordinary and humbling gift."
Martin sat in her wheelchair during the ceremony in Newsom's office, which was open to a few elected officials, reporters and friends.

After the mayor pronounced them "spouses for life," the couple kissed, drawing huge applause.

Newsom picked the couple for the only ceremony in City Hall Monday in recognition of their long relationship and their status as pioneers of the gay rights movement.
A crowd of well-wishers gathered outside City Hall to wish the happy couple congratulations.



Anonymous said...

This really story touched me. I can't imagine how they must have felt after all these years. But- maybe in 2009, I'll know! (wink wink)


Jackie said...

Yep. We can't wait til Illnios does it. We'll be as old as those two wonderful ladies.