Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, a couple then for 51 years and the founders of Daughters of Bilitis, were the first couple married.
City officials in San Francisco claimed that although the marriages were prohibited by state law.
Monday marked the 14th anniversary of a turning point in the fight for marriage equality -- the day San Francisco, under the leadership of then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, igniting a struggle that swept the nation. "San Francisco is a.
Gavin Newsom's decision 14 years ago to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in San Francisco was considered to be political suicide.
Ten years ago today, San Francisco issued the United States' first same-sex marriage licenses — a move then-mayor Gavin Newsom ordered.