Names of same-sex couples married in San Francisco up for sale
April 14 2004 11:00 PM ET
A list of the names of thousands of same-sex couples who tied the knot in San Francisco is now available at San Francisco's City Hall for a $65 fee. Recently approximately 4,000 same-sex couples were married in the City by the Bay. The weddings were halted by a temporary restraining order from the state supreme court last month. Now San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom says the city is selling the names of the newlyweds to anyone who wants them. Newsom made the move after noticing people copying down the names of the couples from a public document. The list could help companies that want to market products and services to gay couples. But some of the couples and gay activists fear the list could also bring them unwanted attention.
Newsom said that marriage licenses are public documents, allowing the information on them to be sold by the city. He said he is only trying to make it easier for those who would otherwise take the time to copy the names themselves.