Del Martin, 87, and Phyllis Lyon, 83, were wed in a private ceremony in the office of San Francisco mayor Gavin Newson on June 16. Outside, the mood was both celebratory and anxious as throngs of media and well-wishers stood shoulder to shoulder waiting to congratulate the city's first married same-sex couple.
"When we first got together, we weren't thinking about getting married," Lyon joked as the crowd showered her and Martin with rose petals.
Supporters and protesters of the court-approved same-sex marriage wait outside of San Francisco's City Hall after the inaugural marriage of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin. A bird's-eye view of the media and supporters in the rotunda outside Mayor Gavin Newsom's office in San Francisco City Hall. The gathering celebrated the first same-sex marriage after the state supreme court's historic decision. Mayor Gavin Newsom, who officiated the ceremony, says a few words to the happy couple. The newlyweds cut the three-tiered cake made by pastry chef Elizabeth Faulkner.
Debra Chasnoff, executive director of GroundSpark, was among the guests invited to witness the nuptials of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin. Watching the couple take their vows was "momentous," said Chasnoff, who had witnessed the couple's first ceremony in 2004.
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Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin (seated) celebrate their wedding with with San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom at City Hall.
Newsom hands wedding cake to Trisha Lyon (sister of the Phyllis Lyon).