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California's first gay marriages go ahead

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  1. Maikeru-sama

    Maikeru-sama Mick Green 58

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    California's first gay marriages go ahead
    By Catherine Elsworth in Los Angeles and agencies
    Last Updated: 7:38AM BST 17/06/2008

    The first legally recognised gay marriages were performed in California last night as the state became the second in the US to allow same-sex weddings.

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    Veteran gay-rights campaigners Del Martin, 87, and Phyllis Lyon, 83, were among the first to say "I do"

    From 5.01pm, the moment the unions became legal under last month's landmark ruling by the California Supreme Court, a flurry of gay and lesbian couples across the state began exchanging vows.

    In San Francisco, Del Martin, 87, and Phyllis Lyon, 83, veteran campaigners who helped spearhead the battle to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage, were among the first to say "I do" in a ceremony presided over by Mayor Gavin Newsom.

    The pair, together some 56 years, were also the first of around 4,000 couples to marry during San Francisco's so-called Winter of Love in 2004 when Mr Newsom challenged California's marriage laws by issuing licences enabling gay and lesbian couples to wed.

    Those weddings were subsequently declared illegal. But some of the couples whose marriages were voided sued and the lawsuits led to the state Supreme Court striking down a ban on same-sex marriage in May.

    As the ruling came into effect, registrars and county clerks who normally shut up their offices by 5pm stayed late to accommodate the first of the ceremonies. Thousands more are expected today.

    "When we first got together, we weren't really thinking about getting married," said Ms Lyon after Mr Newsom declared her and Ms Martin "spouses for life".

    Meanwhile in Beverly Hills, two of the plaintiffs in the state Supreme Court battle that led to the historic ruling, exchanged vows. In cream linen suits, lesbian couple Robin Tyler and Diane Olson were married by a Rabbi in a televised ceremony.

    "Here is the final ending to our beautiful story – 'And they lived happily ever after'," said Ms Tyler.

    California follows Massachusetts, which in 2004 became the first US state to legalise gay marriage.

    But the west coast state, the nation's most populous, is the first to grant marriage licences to non-resident gay and lesbian couples.

    Opponents see the move as a threat other states' definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Gay marriage is rejected by 45 states although New York has said it will honour California unions.

    Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, said California's policy "threatens to undo thousands of years of natural marriage". He predicted "months of social chaos that could wreak havoc on every state in America.?

    As the ceremonies began, critics including Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony and seven other Southern California Catholic bishops reiterated their opposition to same-sex marriage.

    Meanwhile a conservative legal group filed a petition asking that the California agency which oversees marriages be ordered to stop issuing licences to gay couples. It argues that public hearings necessary to validate the licences were not held.

    In November, Californians will vote on a constitutional amendment that would undo the Supreme Court ruling and define marriage as between a man and a woman. Conservative Christians have vowed to mobilise voters.

    Mr Newsom, however, predicted California?s legalisation of gay unions would sweep through the United States. "Marriage as an institution has been strengthened," he said.

    In San Francisco alone, more than 600 same-sex couples have made appointments to get licences over the next 10 days.

    Since the ruling, several celebrity couples have also announced plans to wed.

    Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi intend to take advantage of the ruling and marry while actor George Takei, best known as Star Trek's Mr Sulu, is planning a September wedding with longtime partner Brad Altman.

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  2. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    That picture requires the use of:

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  3. The30YardSlant

    The30YardSlant Benched

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    What is this country coming to... :(

    And I could have gone my whole life without seeing that picture
  4. Vintage

    Vintage The Cult of Jib

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    Good for them.
  5. Rackat

    Rackat Active Member

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    I don't care if they get "legally" "married" or not. It doesn't change my beliefs and I could care less whether it changes any one elses. If you are so insecure in your beliefs then the problem is not with gay marriage, it is with you.
  6. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    That is true.
  7. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Then why did you open the thread? What were you expecting to see? Maybe a scene from Wild Things or something along those lines.
  8. The30YardSlant

    The30YardSlant Benched

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    I wasnt expecting to see corpses getting hitched
  9. Rackat

    Rackat Active Member

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    Didn't that movie have the chick from Debbie Does Dallas?
  10. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Good for that couple.
  11. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    I'm all for them being able to get married if they want to and happy for that particular couple, but I can't say that I wasn't hoping a bit for more of a "Wild Things" type picture. :D
  12. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    This is what California has brought upon us...

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  13. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    What pretty horses.
  14. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    I hate old people, too. Especially in traffic.
  15. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    I always wanted a Black Horse.

    Very pretty.
  16. SuspectCorner

    SuspectCorner Bromo

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    Now that's the "live and let live" Concord I'm familiar with. The previous post had me thinking you mighta been kidnapped. I was about to phone the FBI.
  17. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Oh I was just kidding with the Four Horsemen. :p:

    I think Gay marriage is long overdue.

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