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A Landmark Day in California as Same-Sex Marriages Begin
New York Times ^ | 6/16/08 | Jesse McKinley

Posted on 06/16/2008 8:12:30 PM PDT by mngran2

With a series of simple “I dos,” gay couples across California inaugurated the state’s court-approved and potentially short-lived legalization of same-sex marriage on Monday, the first of what is expected to be a crush of such unions in coming weeks.

The weddings began in a handful of locations around the state at exactly 5:01 p.m., the earliest time allowed by last month’s decision by the California Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage. Many more ceremonies will be held on Tuesday when all 58 counties will be issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

In San Francisco, Del Martin, 87, and Phyllis Lyon, 84, longtime gay rights activists, were the first and only couple to be wed here, saying their vows in the office of Mayor Gavin Newsom, before emerging to a throng of reporters and screaming well-wishers.

Ms. Martin and Ms. Lyon, who have been together for more than 50 years, seemed touched, if a little amazed by all the attention.

“When we first got together we weren’t thinking about getting married,” Ms. Lyon said before cutting a wedding cake. “I think it’s a wonderful day.”

Outside City Hall, several hundred supporters and protesters chanted, cheered and jeered in equal measure, giving an unruly carnival feel to the scene, complete with a marching band playing wedding songs and signs reading “Homo Sex is Sin.”

In Oakland, across the bay from San Francisco, Mayor Ron Dellums presided over more than a dozen marriages in the City Council chambers, which had been transformed into a de facto wedding chapel, with stands of flowers and a standing-room-only crowd.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; homosexualagenda; isntthatspecial; samesexmarriage

1 posted on 06/16/2008 8:12:30 PM PDT by mngran2
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2 posted on 06/16/2008 8:13:12 PM PDT by mngran2
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To: mngran2

Gag me with a spoon


3 posted on 06/16/2008 8:13:59 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: mngran2

Landmark? More like a blight. I hope we can roll this back quickly.


4 posted on 06/16/2008 8:14:22 PM PDT by chaos_5 (Proud to be one of the 10% not rallying around McCain)
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To: mngran2
Not necessarily a bad thing.

The divorces will be fast and furious and I'll be curious as to the legal enforcement of alimony laws.

We live in gay interesting times.

5 posted on 06/16/2008 8:15:58 PM PDT by stravinskyrules (Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa-Lobos?)
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To: mngran2

You can’t make this stuff up. What a picture!


6 posted on 06/16/2008 8:16:21 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: mngran2

And government is going out of its way with extra hours etc to help when they won’t help the “normal” tax-payer.


7 posted on 06/16/2008 8:16:53 PM PDT by edcoil
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To: mngran2

They say you can’t put the liberal genies back in the bottle once the sheeple have tasted the ingredients. This is something the people of CA have long awaited.


8 posted on 06/16/2008 8:16:53 PM PDT by Theodore R. ( Cowardice is still forever!)
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To: mngran2

Christians better stand up and fight this - God isn’t going to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.


9 posted on 06/16/2008 8:19:58 PM PDT by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: Paige

Wouldn’t recommend living there with all of the earthquakes.


10 posted on 06/16/2008 8:24:53 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: mngran2

Now is a good time, if you live in CA, to consider relocating to EAST of the San Andreas (or any other major) fault.


11 posted on 06/16/2008 8:25:54 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: mngran2

... and against the wishes of 70% of Californians.


12 posted on 06/16/2008 8:26:05 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Cicero

It makes perfect sense, the only seemingly lasting homosexual relationships come after middle age when they’re no longer an item on the circuit party.


13 posted on 06/16/2008 8:26:20 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: stravinskyrules

They’re going to suffer buyer’s remorse big time when they get a letter from their employers telling them they have six weeks to get married or lose their partner benefits.

Something tells me they’re going to regret this big time.

Be careful what you ask for...


14 posted on 06/16/2008 8:28:12 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: mngran2
Sssssssssssssscandalousssssssssssss!!!!
15 posted on 06/16/2008 8:29:25 PM PDT by LiberConservative ("Typical" White Guy)
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To: mngran2
Gavin "Gayvin" Newsom stars in "The Wedding Singer II - GLAAD To Be Here."


16 posted on 06/16/2008 8:30:52 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Paige

God already punished Jesus.


17 posted on 06/16/2008 8:32:59 PM PDT by ROTB (Our Constitution [is] for a [Christian] people. It is wholly inadequate [for] any other. -John Adams)
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To: ROTB

Punished Jesus? Jesus died for our sins but Jesus did say He did not come to destroy the Law but to fulfill the Law. Sin is sin and if this nation continues on the road this nation is on then we are in for some very tough times.


18 posted on 06/16/2008 8:36:29 PM PDT by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: Paige
Sin is sin and if this nation continues on the road this nation is on then we are in for some very tough times.

I tend to think of sin as a personal thing, not a national thing. I can't control what gays in California do. I'm only responsible for my own conduct. Why do you think God would punish me and you and everyone else in the country because of what some people--who we do not control--do?

19 posted on 06/16/2008 8:39:41 PM PDT by mngran2
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To: mngran2

Why do you think God would punish me and you and everyone else in the country because of what some people—who we do not control—do?

Well, I believe that God did flood the earth because of sin, that’s what the Bible says, and because of sin! So you see, we can all be effected for what’s going on, how shameful, womem with women and men with men, it’s so unatural.


20 posted on 06/16/2008 9:12:16 PM PDT by garylmoore (Faith is the assurance of things unseen.)
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To: mngran2

Why do you think God would punish me and you and everyone else in the country because of what some people—who we do not control—do?

Well, I believe that God did flood the earth because of sin, that’s what the Bible says, and because of sin! So you see, we can all be effected for what’s going on, how shameful, womem with women and men with men, it’s so unatural.


21 posted on 06/16/2008 9:12:22 PM PDT by garylmoore (Faith is the assurance of things unseen.)
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To: mngran2
Its not marriage. No matter what the liberals and the courts say.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

22 posted on 06/16/2008 9:25:21 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: sinanju

“It makes perfect sense, the only seemingly lasting homosexual relationships come after middle age when they’re no longer an item on the circuit party.”

Hmmm... I’m not sure the circuit parties were big when these two got together. They’ve been together for 55 years, which would put one of them in her late twenties and the other in her early thirties when they met.

Whatever one thinks about the propriety of legalizing this or calling it marriage, it is pretty impressive for two people to stay together and care for one another so deeply after 55 years.


23 posted on 06/16/2008 11:25:37 PM PDT by Kahonek
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To: mngran2

This is so sickening, and every time I fire up my computer, the media tells me how great it is.


24 posted on 06/16/2008 11:27:18 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: dhs12345
...and against the wishes of 70% of Californians...

If that is so, then it's time to physically remove the powers that be, what other recourse do you have? Hoping them away is not going to get the job done. It's still wrong, it's a sin, no matter what others think, it's wrong and there will be an accounting. But it's also up to us to establish a form of justice, although just a shadow of God's justice, it must be done regardless.

25 posted on 06/16/2008 11:49:21 PM PDT by brushcop (B-Co. 2/69 3rd Infantry Div., "Sledgehammer!" ...and keep hammering 'em!)
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To: mngran2

pathetic.


26 posted on 06/17/2008 2:02:34 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just say NObama!)
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To: sinanju
when they get a letter from their employers telling them they have six weeks to get married or lose their partner benefits.

What kind of benefits???

27 posted on 06/17/2008 4:33:14 AM PDT by danamco
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To: mngran2

How wrong you are. With all due respect, read your bible.


28 posted on 06/17/2008 4:46:43 AM PDT by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: Cicero

the woman in the wheel chair seems to not have any idea where she is or what is going on.


29 posted on 06/17/2008 6:33:40 AM PDT by manc (a natural normal marriage is between a man and a woman a sham perv unnatural marriage is what Ma has)
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To: goldstategop

correct it is a sham marriage and in their little confused sexual perverted minds they think they are normal in what they do and think that they are married like a normal natural couple

sad isn’t it that these people need mental help for their confusion and yet they are not getting it


30 posted on 06/17/2008 6:36:17 AM PDT by manc (a natural normal marriage is between a man and a woman a sham perv unnatural marriage is what Ma has)
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To: Luke21

notice how they said that the protesters gave an unsavoury feel to it, er not they are letting it be known that not all have been brainwashed into their sick perverted twisted sexual antics


31 posted on 06/17/2008 6:37:48 AM PDT by manc (a natural normal marriage is between a man and a woman a sham perv unnatural marriage is what Ma has)
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Yes, she has that wonderful smile that sometimes goes with senile dementia.


32 posted on 06/17/2008 8:22:24 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: mngran2

An article in the local paper today was about two guys from TN who got “married” in CA.


33 posted on 06/17/2008 8:29:53 AM PDT by pnz1
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mmmm

they go back to TN and now sue to have their marriage recognised I bet.

Here in Fl we got over the half million signatures needed to get the marriage question on the ballot this year much to the dismay of the gay mafia

They went to court I believe to get all those who signed the signatures on the Internet so everyone could know who signed it , but that intimidation tactic never worked now they are trying to tell natural normal couples that if they ban homosexual marriage then it will affect them badly .

Of course they haven’t told anyone how it would affect badly .


34 posted on 06/17/2008 10:33:43 AM PDT by manc (a natural normal marriage is between a man and a woman a sham perv unnatural marriage is what Ma has)
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To: brushcop

These so-called marriages will only last until Election Day. The marriage ammendment is going to pass.


35 posted on 06/17/2008 4:16:59 PM PDT by Neoncon (I am disrespectful to Socialism! Can you see I am serious?)
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To: mngran2

It’s no landmark in our nations history, it’s a new nadir.


36 posted on 06/17/2008 4:18:59 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand)
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