Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

San Francisco gay couple marries in New York

It is official. San Francisco residents Joe Gallagher and Michael McAllister are a married couple.

The gay men, who the Bay Area Reporter profiled in July, exchanged vows today in New York. Together five years, the couple had hoped to wed in their homestate.

But those plans were dashed by the 2008 passage of Proposition 8, California’s ban against same-sex marriage. The law is being challenged in federal court but there will likely not be a final decision until late 2012 or 2013 at the earliest.

Unwilling to wait any longer to marry, Gallagher and McAllister decided to venture east after New York this spring became the sixth state to allow gay and lesbian couples to exchange vows.

They have been keeping friends and family updated via their Facebook accounts since arriving in the Empire State this week. Monday morning Gallagher posted a photo (seen at left) of McAllister filling out their marriage license application.

The wedding ceremony took place this morning (Wednesday, August 17).

“Mike and I were married at 11 a.m. today,” wrote Gallagher on his account.

Shortly thereafter the men changed their relationship status on the social networking site so that is reads “Joe Gallagher is married to Michael McAllister.”

They are planning a reception with friends and family back home in San Francisco.

— Matthew S. Bajko, August 17, 2011 @ 12:40 pm PST
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