Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018
 

Lee marks 11th anniversary of same-sex marriages in SF

Almost 11 years ago, on February 15, 2004, the line of same-sex couples waiting for marriage licenses at San Francisco City Hall stretched around the block. (Photo: Rick Gerharter)

Almost 11 years ago, on February 15, 2004, the line of same-sex couples waiting for marriage licenses at San Francisco City Hall stretched around the block.
(Photo: Rick Gerharter)

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee today (Thursday, February 12) recognized the 11th anniversary of the day when then-Mayor Gavin Newsom directed city officials to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

“San Francisco today remains as deeply committed to the fight for marriage equality today as we were 11 years ago,” when Newsom “led the charge on one of the most important civil rights issues of our generation to ensure equal protections and rights for all,” Lee said in a statement.

Same-sex marriage is now recognized in 37 states and the District of Columbia. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide by June whether all states should allow such marriages.

“We are hopeful and optimistic that the pursuit of happiness, liberty and equality will prevail, and that Supreme Court justices will affirm the right to marriage for all Americans,” said Lee. “Never have we been more committed, and more united, as a city and a nation, behind marriage equality in our country.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, February 12, 2015 @ 1:15 pm PST
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