More than 100 gay couples were symbolically wed in a West Hollywood, Calif., ceremony officiated by Mayor John Duran Tuesday night. "The city of West Hollywood supports marriages for same-sex couples and is working hard to change California law," Duran said in a statement. "Although we do not yet have equal protection under the law, no government can prevent us from loving whom we choose."
The ceremony, hosted by the Abbey Food and Bar, kicked off National Gay Pride Month and attracted members of the West Hollywood city council and comedian Margaret Cho, according to Abbey spokesman Phil Lobel. At the end of the 25-minute ceremony, the city gave participating couples symbolic certificates commemorating the event, Lobel said.