Homonuptial stories: Cupcakes and a chuppa for same-sex newlyweds

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Maria Denzio reports from City Hall

Along with cheering demonstrators waving signs and banners of encouragement for the same-sex couples emerging from City Hall this morning were representatives of some local churches - religious leaders of various faiths, all showing their support in ways just as diverse.

The Unitarian Universalist Church delegation brought more than 200 celebratory cupcakes for couples and wedding party members. Members of the non-denominational Universal Life Church handed out flyers with scheduling information for wedding ceremonies. Read more »

Homonuptial stories: Sarah and Kristina

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Maria Dinzeo reports from City Hall on some of the same-sex couples getting married today.

Every couple has a different tale, and same-sex couples are no exception. Some met and fell in love at school; some found love in a bar.

Sarah Good and Kristina Ramos met in Charlottesville, VA, where Good was a law student and Ramos as a graduate student in English. They have been together 20 years, waiting for the right to marry.

So how did they know they were right for one another? "How does anyone know?" said Ramos. Read more »

Homonuptial stories: Marc and Charles

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Maria Dinzeo reports from City Hall on some of the same-sex couples getting married today.

Marc Benson and Charles Sullivan descended the City Hall steps this morning amidst a thunder of applause and a flurry of flags and signs, one of which read, "It's a Nice Day for Gay Wedding." For this pair of high-school sweethearts, nothing could be more true. Although the two have been together 27 years, it wasn't until today that a decision from California's Supreme Court allowed them to formalize their commitment with a marriage ceremony. Read more »

Same-sex marriage: Supreme Court's big "F- You"

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The remarkable logic behind the historic legal decision

By Melissa Griffin of sweetmelissa.typepad.com

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Photo by Charles Russo

I am positively giddy! As of yesterday at 5 p.m., the California State Supreme Court's May 15th same-sex marriage ruling took effect. Read more »

Homonuptials: Roiling crowds on Day 1 -- pics

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Guardian photog Charles Russo shot the crowd outside City Hall yesterday.

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A newlywed prelude to Tuesday's wedding mania?

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Though fairly small in number, the anti-gay marriage sect was highly visible Monday evening as several hundred gathered outside of San Francisco's City Hall.

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Towards Carfree: Depaving Day

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Steven T. Jones reports from the Towards Carfree Cities conference.
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San Francisco architect David Baker depaves.

Depaving Day opened the Towards Carfree Cities conference here in Portland yesterday. One might call it a soft opening, given today’s kickoff speakers, if not for the hard work involved. Read more »

The wonderful politics of gay marriage

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I was listinging to Forum this morning on my way to work and although a few complete idiots called in, most of the talk was about how great it is that California now has legal same-sex marriage. Read more »

Manimal Fest makes us feel like animals

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Kicking up some dust at Pioneer Town. All photos by Jen Snyder.

By Jen Snyder

I feel like I’m airing a secret by writing this, but have you ever been to Pioneer Town? If you haven’t, I’d like to suggest that you think of a reason to go there. If possible, make it a reason full of rock ‘n' roll, music critics covered in dust and beer, and plenty of the locals. Read more »

Homonuptials: More Day 1 wedding shots

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Guardian photog Ariel Soto got these shots of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin's wedding at City Hall yesterday, as well as some of the celebratory crowd outside.

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The view from City Hall steps

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Spiralling toward matrimony

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Homonuptials: Phyl and Del's wedding, as seen from outside

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Hunky Beau and I hightailed it down to City Hall at 5pm today to (we hoped) catch Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, San Francisco's first legally married same-sex couple -- and the city's only one today, symbolically -- emerge triumphantly onto the hall's steps, frantically waving their newly imbued license to the roar of a supportive crowd. Read more »