Same-Sex Marriage – That Happy Golden Feeling

Just a reminder of what was going on last year at this time…

In S.F., debate on gay nuptials marked by joy
“Boston and San Francisco are often compared for their similarities. But of the two cities that bookended a historic week in the debate on gay marriage, I know which place I’d rather have been this holiday. I’d choose the city of joy. Infectious, unadulterated joy, sparked by this unprecedented five-day run of gay-marriage ceremonies that was part civil disobedience, part political statement, part Woodstock Nation. In San Francisco… volunteers smiled through the night Sunday, brought hot cocoa and food to couples and families who were wrapped around the block, braving cold and downpour to wait their turn to exchange vows. As word spread Friday the exultant crowds kept coming — by car, by taxi, by bus, by plane. People took photographs, flashed peace signs and knew they were at the heart of something historic. Children — toddlers, babes-in-arms, schoolchildren — were everywhere.”

The Joy of Gay Marriage
“Whatever their short-term legal fate, the San Francisco weddings mark a new high-water mark in one of the most fast-paced cultural tsunamis America has seen. As Evan Wolfson, the civil rights lawyer who founded Freedom to Marry, says, “An act as unremarkable as getting a wedding license” has been transformed by the people embracing it, much as the unremarkable act of sitting at a Formica lunch counter was transformed by an act of civil disobedience at a Woolworth’s in North Carolina 44 years ago this month.”

For Children of Gays, Marriage Brings Joy
“It was so cool,” said Gabriel, 13, who served as the ringbearer, after standing in line overnight with his parents. “I always accepted that ‘Yeah, they’re my moms,’ but they were actually getting married. I felt thick inside with happiness. Just thick.”

Speaking of his mothers’ marriage, Alex said: “It is something I always wanted. I’ve always been around people saying, ‘Oh, my parents anniversary is this week.’ It’s always been the sight of two parents, married, with rings. And knowing I’d probably never experience it ever.” That changed in the City Hall rotunda as his mothers exchanged vows. “The atmosphere was just springing with life,” Alex recalled. “I just couldn’t hold myself in. It was oh my god oh my god oh my god. I felt so happy I wanted to scream.”

Lesbian couple wedded at SF City Hall Women had been together for five decades
History was made at 11:06 a.m. today at San Francisco City Hall when Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon took their wedding vows, becoming the first same-sex couple to be officially married in the United States. About 20 people witnessed the ceremony; many of them were moved to tears as the couple, who have been together for five decades, were wed.

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You Know You Live in San Francisco When…

Your co-worker tells you they have eight body piercings – and none are visible.

When someone says TENDERLOIN – you don’t think steak. You think danger.

You make well over $100,000 and you still can’t find a nice place to live.

You think anyone who drives a car to work is decadent.

You keep a list of companies to boycott.

You would never dream of crossing a picket line.

You take the bus and are shocked at two people carrying on a conversation in English.

You realize there are far more Rainbow flags in the city than California State Flags.

The guy who cuts your hair is straight, and your plumber is gay,

The woman who delivers your mail is straight and your Mary Kay Lady is gay.

Old friends you haven’t talked to in years suddenly call and ask do you have a spare bedroom for a weekend?

You think anyone wearing a George Clooney haircut is visiting from the Midwest.

You can’t remember…Is pot still illegal?

You go to your office manager’s baby shower – the parent’s are named Judy and Becky.

You give a "thumbs up" gesture to a car with a FREE TIBET bumper sticker-and you mean it.

You have a very strong opinion where your coffee beans are grown, and are willing to fight about it.

A really great parking spot can move you to tears.

You prefer the Spanish Soaps on TV – the guys are much hotter!

You know that anyone wearing shorts in June is just visiting from Ohio.

A man walks on MUNI in full leather regalia and crotch less chaps. You don’t notice.

You still can’t believe a company doesn’t offer domestic partner benefits.

You curse those damn tourists -but always stop to help a cute guy or gal who is looking puzzled at a city map.

When you drive under an underpass – for one moment you think "earthquake".

Your boss runs in "The Bay to Breakers" … it’s the first time you have seen him nude.

Your child’s 3rd grade teacher has a nose ring and is named "Breeze".

You haven’t been to Fisherman’s Wharf since the first month you moved to the bay.

You are thinking of taking an adult ed class – but you can’t decide between a Yoga, Channeling or Building Your Web Site class.

Your new neighbor goes to temple-but you are still not sure if they are Jewish or Buddhist.

You realize the only Republicans you know are your Aunt and Uncle in Georgia.

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