Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, the first couple married by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom after he authorized same-sex marriages in that city in 2004, will be the first to be married when same-sex marriage becomes legal next week across California. The 2004 San Francisco marriages were subsequently nullified when a state court ruled that the mayor had overstepped his authority.
Lyon and Martin met in 1950, and in 1955 they were among the eight founders of the Daughters of Bilitis, the first major lesbian organization in the U.S. Founded in San Francisco, the organization eventually had chapters in several cities across the country.
The two were involved in many early LGBT organizations and efforts, including being early members of the Alice B. Toklas Gay and Lesbian Democratic Club.
Del Martin was born 05 May 1921 and Phyllis Lyon was born 10 November 1924. They will be married at 5p, 16 Jun 2008, fifty-eight years after they first met.