The sun was still shining in the sky when longtime lesbian activist Robin Tyler wed Diane Olson, her partner of 15 years, on the steps of the Beverly Hills courthouse at 5:01 p.m. on June 16. The couple, flanked by loved ones, the media, and a handful of naysayers -- whose protests were drowned under a sea of jubilation -- were dressed in complementary cream-colored outfits and held each other close throughout the ceremony.
Gloria Allred amid a frenzy of camera crews, reporters, and well-wishers. Olson and Tyler's attorney showed her feisty spirit by taking on protesters after the ceremony. Rabbi Denise Eger of West Hollywood's Kol Ami Synagogue, one of the leading pro-gay synagogues in the Los Angeles area, performed the ceremony. "Great floods cannot dampen your love," Eger proclaimed. "Your courage brought you here today." Glad to see he's there with all of his "evidence." Just don't don't block the flowers, mmm-kay?
Robin Tyler displays the marriage license with her new spouse, Diane, at her side. After the historic ceremony, the wedding party celebrated with a cake topped by two bride figurines.
When acting Los Angeles County clerk Dean Logan announced that he would issue an early marriage license to Tyler and Olson, the couple dove right in to planning their nuptials. With only four days to orchestrate what would be one of the most historic weddings of all time, the couple giddily balanced calls to the florist with a flurry of media interviews.
"We don't need the trappings. We need the legal rights," said Tyler two days before the ceremony. "We have a great relationship, but need marriage or not, we want it."
Olson and Tyler's journey to the altar has been long and hard-fought -- in 2004 they became one of several brave couples to file a lawsuit, demanding equality for all same-sex couples in California.
Gloria Allred and Paul Colichman toast the happy couple. Uninvited guest
A delicious celebration of the couple's happy union Congratulations from the city of Los Angeles