Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. But for many happy couples, marriage is something really new. Robin Tyler and Diane Olson exchanged vows in Los Angeles as California performed the first legal same-sex unions.
Campaigners have been fighting for years for the right of gay and lesbian couples to have their relationships legally recognised in the United States. Only one other state allows gay marriage – Massachusetts – but only California permits couples from outside the state to marry as well.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom enjoyed the first ceremony in his city: “This is the first day in the state of California, that we are providing marriage equally and fairly to everyone, denying no-one their right and their opportunity to live their lives out loud.”
Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon have been together for 50 years. They were married in 2004, but it was ruled illegal. California’s Supreme Court overturned that, opening the way for more gay couples to walk down the aisle.