First same-sex wedding at SF City Hall

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SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)

What is believed to be the first same-sex wedding in California since Proposition 8 banned gay marriages in 2008 happened this afternoon in San Francisco City Hall.

Two of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that led to the repeal of Proposition 8, Kris Perry and Sandra Stier, of Berkeley, received their marriage license shortly after same-sex weddings were cleared to resume by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“It’s been a long journey to get to this point,” Perry said.

State Attorney General Kamala Harris performed the ceremony this afternoon, and over a hundred people gathered to watch, crowding City Hall balconies.

Before the wedding, Harris was on the phone telling the Los Angeles county clerk to allow same-sex marriage licenses immediately.

As the ceremony got under way on the balcony under the rotunda just before 5 p.m., Harris told the smiling couple clad in a matching beige suit and dress that she could not be “more honored as I stand here today to join them.”

Harris briefly spoke about the couple’s 14 years together and their desire to get married.

“Marriage is the sincere desire to join two lives together,” Harris said.

The two then exchanged vows and rings and were pronounced “spouses for life.”

Mayor Ed Lee issued a statement saying City Hall would stay open until 8 p.m. tonight for anyone looking to exercise their freshly restored right.

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