From The New York Times:

“We are so happy, we can’t stop smiling,” said Kathi Gose, 52, who wed Keren Briefer, 45, in Bakersfield on Tuesday morning.

The couple, who have been together for 11 years, plan to change their surnames to Briefer-Gose.

From the San Fran Chronicle:

Several feet away sat a couple on vacation from Ireland who happened to stumble on the historic event. Christine Yearsley said she planned to stay at City Hall the rest of the afternoon to witness as much as she could.

“This gentleman just told me there are two elderly ladies who are getting married today after being together for 50 years,” she said. “They’re obviously committed! I think it’s terrific. They’re an example for heterosexuals, I think.”

That one is referring, of course, to Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon.

Obviously, those are two very frightening old ladies, and what they are doing is wrong. It must be stopped.

And one more from the Chronicle:

Jeff Beck of Orinda came to City Hall to see his daughter Alison, 32, and her partner, Huong Nguyen, 34, get their license. He said that when he was young, gay men and lesbians were subjected to constant ridicule, and he was nervous when his daughter came out because of what she might face.

“I’m almost 65 years old, and I’m amazed this happened in my lifetime,” he said, crying. “It could have been another 50 years, and I’d be gone.”

From the LA Times:

In San Diego, Bob Lehman and Tom Felkner wed underneath an arbor of bougainvillea outside the San Diego County clerk’s office, with palm trees swaying and a view of the harbor.

The men, both 43, became the first to marry each other in a county known for its conservative politics.

“Their decision to stand here today shows their love has stood the test of time,” said Lehman’s brother, Jeff, who was deputized for the day to officiate at the 7:22 a.m. ceremony.

“I’m a Marine. I like to do things first,” said Bob Lehman, a veteran of the 1991 Persian Gulf War who served 10 years in the military and wore a dark suit with Marine Corps and American flag pins on his lapel.

I’m so hopeful that some of these stories, these photos of couples who have been together for almost their entire lifetimes, is going to sway hearts and minds, not just in CA but around the country. There is nothing to be afraid of!

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