Love is…


Phyllis Lyon (left) and Del Martin, lesbian activists who have been together for 51 years, embrace after their marriage ceremony at San Francisco City Hall.

That picture is from 2004, when Lyon and Martin were illegally married by San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom. Today at 5:01pm, they will be the first same-sex couple to be legally married in the state of California.

Congratulations to them, and to all the other couples today and hereafter who will be afforded the basic right to marry the person they love, regardless of gender.

27 comments for “Love is…

  1. June 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    How truly beautiful this picture is thank you for posting it. I am so happy to hear that these women will be the first ones to get married. Their love is a testimony to all those who would claim that gay people are not capable of true love.

  2. June 16, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    That was totally my warm fuzzy moment for the day. <3

  3. June 16, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    It’s great to see that love can exist for a long time, and this one just proves it.

  4. L-K
    June 16, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Holy sh*t, 51 years? That totally made me teary eyed.

  5. L-K
    June 16, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Correction (since I misread the details) – 55 years as of 2008! That’s just amazing!

  6. SoE
    June 16, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Oh well, old couples in love are always so unbelievably cute.

  7. June 16, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    This is so beautiful! Congratulations to them, and thanks for restoring my faith in love and the government-even if it was just a little bit- for finally seeing this as love and not something that’s wrong.

  8. denelian
    June 16, 2008 at 7:02 pm


    i want to be that happy!!! go them!!!!!!!!!!

  9. June 16, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    I’m with SoE.

    Super cute.

  10. Charity
    June 16, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    A beautiful picture, and congratulations to these women and the many other couples who have been waiting so long for this.

  11. June 16, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    They are amazing women, that photo chokes me up.

  12. June 16, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    I’m all choked up here… This is awesome! Thanks for posting it.

  13. June 16, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Wouldn’t it be nice if insane right-wing theocratic douchecornets would just leave normal people the fuck alone? I heard one of these fucking assholes spouting off on the radio this morning about the “complementarity of one man and one woman” and a bunch of other dumb-fuck bronze age mythological bullshit. JUST LEAVE US ALONE, YOU SICK SAD DELUSIONAL FUCKING WACKOS!

  14. Bushfire
    June 16, 2008 at 11:11 pm


  15. Mnemosyne
    June 16, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Here they are at today’s ceremony, still cute as a couple of buttons.

  16. Solitary
    June 17, 2008 at 1:51 am

    I think one of the cutest things in the world is old people who are still in love after decades together.

  17. June 17, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    That picture is just so fucking adorable, I can hardly stand it. I’m so happy for them and the other couples who were finally allowed to get married. My grandparents were married for 55 years, and it just hurts me that they were allowed to be married for that long but Phyllis and Del weren’t.

  18. June 17, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    That made me cry.

  19. June 21, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Congratulations, but I am in shock …

  20. Mercurial Georgia
    July 5, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    I’m so happy for them. One day, I hope I’ll have something like that too…55 years!

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