Posted by Brian at 3:49 PM
History was made at 11:06 a.m. today at San Francisco City Hall when Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon took their wedding vows, becoming the first same-sex couple to be officially married in the United States.
Mayor Gavin Newsom had stated (and I had noted below) that he was going to push for this, but I never expected it to happen this fast. Neither, apparently did gay marriage opponents.
City officials, in fact, rushed to issue the first marriage licenses to same-sex couples as quickly as possible for fear that opponents would seek a court injunction to stop them. Officials alerted only a handful of people that they were ready to act, wanting to keep it secret until the papers were signed and the "I do's'' were spoken.Newsom may be cannier than I ever gave him credit for. With all the hubbub over the Massachussetts lawmakers attempt to get areound their Supreme Court's ruling, Newsom was able to shuttle this through with little national attention. Now it's done and will be challenged in the courts, no doubt in the 9th Circuit, the one most conservative pundits excoriate as being the most liberal in the land. This could end up before the Supremes in Washignton very soon.