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My Elderly Space

A look at the remarkable lives of the elderly

 

Gay-Rights Pioneers Wed

Last week, California became the second state in the US to allow same sex marriages. Amongst the first to be wed were Del Martin, 87, and Phyllis Lyon, 83. The two have been a couple and a symbol of gay-rights movement for over 50 years.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who challenged the state's restriction on same-sex marriages for many years, invited the couple to be officially married at City Hall. After marrying in a small ceremony in Newsom's office, the elderly women emerged to an adoring crowd.

Lyon recalls when they first met. "When we first got together, we weren't really thinking about getting married, we were just thinking about getting together." The couple cut their three-tiered wedding cake before heading out to a reception with friends and family.

Photo: Del Martin places a wedding ring on her partner Phyllis Lyon during their wedding ceremony, with Mayor Newsom watching at the back.

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