Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin marry

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When I was a newly minted queer I read a few books on the business of queerness. One of them was by Lyons and Martin.

Longtime lesbian activists Phyllis Lyon, 79, and Del Martin, 83, were hurriedly issued a license and were married just before noon by City Assessor Mabel Teng in a closed-door civil ceremony at City Hall, mayor's spokesman Peter Ragone said. The two have been a couple for 51 years.

The act of civil disobedience in San Francisco was coordinated by Mayor Gavin Newsom and top city officials and was intended to beat a conservative group to the punch.

The group, Campaign for California Families, had planned to go to court on Friday to get an injunction preventing the city from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

With warmest regard for the women and the wish they could've done it fifty-one years ago.

San Francisco Officials Marry Gay Couple


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