Aug 27, 2008

Somewhere over the RAINBOW



Del Martin, left, places a ring on her partner Phyllis.
Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez-Pool/Getty Images)

"SAN FRANCISCO—Pioneering lesbian rights activist Del Martin, who married her lifelong partner in June on the first day that same-sex couples here gained that right, has died. She was 87.
Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said Martin died at a San Francisco hospital Wednesday morning, two weeks after a broken arm exacerbated her existing health problems.

Her wife, Phyllis Lyon, was by her side, Kendell said.

Along with six other women, they founded a San Francisco social club for lesbians in 1955 called the Daughters of Bilitis. Under their leadership, the group evolved into the nation's first lesbian advocacy organization.

The couple were married at San Francisco City Hall on June 16. Mayor Gavin Newsom, who officiated the wedding, singled them out to be the first gay couple to legally exchange vows in the city, in recognition of their activism.

The two were among the two dozen couples who served as plaintiffs in the lawsuits that led the state Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on gay marriage in May.

The Daughters of Bilitis was named after book of lesbian erotic poetry first published in Paris in 1894."


The Associated Press
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http://www.orovillemr.com/news/ci_10316723

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3 comments:

FranIAm said...

Oh so sad- God rest her soul.

What a beautiful pair.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

I know franyouare, it's so touching and sweet and a lovely reminder and great hope that we are exactly the same human beings that transition from birth to death when allowed to breath freely...like everyone else, if we are continue to be determined to be the authentic people that God has made us to be...that God expects us to be.

Bonnie said...

Beautiful women! I am so glad they were able to realize their dream and to help others to reach for real stars. I am so glad that they had 55 years of love together. May she rest in peace and watch over us from above.