Today Something Special Will Happen

Posted by on Jun 16, 2008 in Culture, Politics | No Comments

All over California, stories like this are appearing in the morning papers.

Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin fell in love at a time when lesbians risked being arrested, fired from their jobs and sent to electroshock treatment.

On Monday afternoon, more than a half-century after they became a couple, Lyon and Martin plan to become the first same-sex couples to legally exchange marriage vows in San Francisco and among the first in the state.

“It was something you wanted to know, ‘Is it really going to happen?’ And now it’s happened, and maybe it can continue to happen,” Lyon said.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom plans to officiate at the private ceremony in his City Hall office before 50 invited guests. He picked Martin, 87, and Lyon, 84, for the front of the line in recognition of their long relationship and their status as pioneers of the gay rights movement.

I really wish we lived in a nation where a story like this isn’t exceptional, but alas it is. But it is still something special to witness. I just think so often people forget these couples are are our family members (like for me), neighbors, our co-workers, the people that deliver our mail, our bosses, and our friends.

Another barrier between us (at least in CA) has been removed.

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