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February 20, 2004

The Bells are Ringing

My partner and I stood on line for over three hours tonight, but after that long haul were able to make an appointment to get married at noon on Friday, March 5, 2004, at San Francisco City Hall. Thanks to Mayor Newsom and all the supportive people in SF's government for making this possible. We are thrilled beyond belief to receive full recognition for our relationship in this society.

Posted by kgs at February 20, 2004 09:15 PM

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Posted by: Eli at February 20, 2004 10:25 PM

Congratulations from me, too! I am envious - wish I could get to SF with my partner. After 18 years together, to have our relationship legally recognized would mean more than we could fully express.

Posted by: Jeanne Fondrie at February 21, 2004 11:17 AM

Congrats here as well. Hope Governor Terminator doesn't put a stop to it before then.

Posted by: Walt Crawford at February 21, 2004 03:34 PM

Karen! Congrats to you!!

Posted by: Michael Stephens at February 22, 2004 05:24 AM

"Judicial anarchy?" Since when is Gavin Newsom a judge?

Newsom believes that the limiting-marriage-to-one-favored-group (which I happen to be a member of) act violates the state Constitution. He's acting on that belief, and suing the state as a result. That will be heard in court.

At worst, you could accuse Newsom of civil disobedience--and judges of following standard practice (that is, not issuing emergency injunctions to parties with no clear standing in a situation). There's no anarchy here. No "civil disorder" either, despite the governor's claims.

I see several thousand committed couples acting to strengthen marriage by participating. Somehow, that doesn't weaken my 26-year-old marriage. I've known Karen S. for quite a few years and met her partner. They're more traditional in some ways than I am, and certainly strike me as people whose relationship strengthens society.

Posted by: Walt Crawford at February 22, 2004 11:23 AM

Jack, I don't want to marry a man. I want to marry my partner of 12 years. Your argument sounds a lot like those tossed around prior to Loving vs. Virginia.

Posted by: K. G. Schneider at February 22, 2004 12:50 PM

Mazel Tov!

Posted by: Ruth Ellen Seid at February 22, 2004 02:17 PM

Mazel tov Karen, a thousand blessings!!

Posted by: jessamyn at February 22, 2004 04:25 PM

Karen - this is fabulous news!

Congratulations to you both, and may the years ahead bring you even more joy than the years past!


Posted by: Edward Spodick at February 22, 2004 06:04 PM

Mazel tov, Karen. This is some of the biggest news I've seen via RSS.

Posted by: Robert Teeter at February 24, 2004 08:06 AM

"Sort of a conversation stopper, there, isn't it, Karen? Perhaps that is the whole point."

Jack, that is just low. You are certainly entitled and encouraged to express your opinions about same-sex marriage and the political machinations that are making it possible at the present, but to trivialize the decision to enter into a lifelong partnership with another person, by characterizing it as some sort of stunt, is insulting to persons of all sexualities. And it bears the stench of a personal attack. Very unbecoming.

Posted by: Greg at February 24, 2004 10:48 PM


I'm glad you were able to get hitched. I'll be even happier when all gay couples are afforded the same rights given to straight couples. Don't let Jack get you down.

Posted by: Anna at February 25, 2004 09:42 AM

Note that we have an appointment to marry on the 5th--who knows what will happen between now and then... but thanks for the well wishes....

Posted by: K.G. Schneider at February 25, 2004 04:33 PM