"Where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns
Well, maybe next year..
-Frank Sinatra, Send in the Clowns
(Folsom), Folsom Street, on the way to (Polk and Castro)
(You don't find them finer)
(Freedom), freedom is in the air, yeah
(Searching for what we all treasure .. pleasure)
(Cycles), cycles in the night shining bright
(Brightly on nights tell a glory story)
(Leather), leather, leather, leather baby
(Levi's and T's are the best now all right)
Dress the way you please and put your mind at ease
It's a city known for its freedom, (freedom)
Cycles shining bright break the silence of the night
Inhibitions, no, you don't need them, (no),no,(no)
(San Francisco), San Francisco
(San Francisco), City by the Bay yeah
(San Francisco), he he he he hey
(You've got me)
-Village People, San Francisco (You Got Me)
With a series of simple “I dos,” gay couples across California inaugurated the state’s court-approved and potentially short-lived legalization of same-sex marriage on Monday, the first of what is expected to be a crush of such unions in coming weeks.
The weddings began in a handful of locations around the state at exactly 5:01 p.m., the earliest time allowed by last month’s decision by the California Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage. Many more ceremonies will be held on Tuesday when all 58 counties will be issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
In San Francisco, Del Martin, 87, and Phyllis Lyon, 84, longtime gay rights activists, were the first and only couple to be wed here, saying their vows in the office of Mayor Gavin Newsom, before emerging to a throng of reporters and screaming well-wishers.
Ms. Martin and Ms. Lyon, who have been together for more than 50 years, seemed touched, if a little amazed by all the attention.
The selection of Ms. Martin and Ms. Lyon as San Francisco’s first same-sex couple was symbolic; the couple wed here in 2004, when the city broke state law by issuing more than 4,000 marriage licenses and conducting weddings in City Hall. Those marriages were later invalidated by the state Supreme Court.
On May 15, however, the same court struck down the two California laws that prohibited such unions, opening the door for California to becomes the second, and largest, American state to legalize same-sex marriage. Massachusetts did so in 2004, and more than 10,500 couples have wed there.
-Jesse McKinley, The New York Times, June 17, 2008
Name your price
A ticket to paradise
I can't stay here anymore
And I've looked high and low
I've been from shore
To shore to shore
If there's a shortcut
I'd have found it
But there is no
Easy way around it
Light of the world, shine on me
Love is the answer
Shine on us all, set us free
Love is the answer
-England Dan & John Ford Coley, Love is the Answer
Do it to me again and again
You put me in such an awful spin
-Donna Summor, Love to Love You Baby
My lady love, you've been with me
Through all of my ups and downs
My crazy turn arounds, I once was lost
But now with you, I'm found
You got the love I need
And I want to stay around
Heaven sent you down, my lady love