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The First Same-Sex Couple to Marry in L.A.


We know who's getting married first up in San Francisco, but what about southern California? Robin Tyler and Diane Olson will be the first couple in Los Angeles to be married today, at the Beverly Hills courthouse just after 5 pm, according to FOX11. They've been together for 15 years and tried to obtain a marriage license from the state on the last eight Valentine's Days.

Watch a news clip on the couple, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Does this echo the findings that homosexual sex among females is more acceptable than males that all places seem to be rushing female couples as the first ones to get married? Does the image of two men wedding cause fear?

    Posted by: Dan B | Jun 16, 2008 11:41:53 AM

  2. Dan B, the prominence of lesbians in media coverage may just reflect the fact that more lesbians than gay men choose to get married.

    Two-thirds of the married gay couples in Massachussetts are lesbians apparently.

    Posted by: Sasha | Jun 16, 2008 12:16:39 PM

  3. Just the same as any human behavior, you can't make broad judgements on such small statistics.

    Posted by: Lillianne | Jun 16, 2008 1:35:58 PM

  4. love it! lol :)

    Posted by: MkSnovak | Jun 16, 2008 1:41:28 PM

  5. There are specific reasons the two female couples are the first in SF and LA: they both have political significance. The SF couple has fought for queer rights since the 1950s, and the LA couple is one of the couples who are parties to the lawsuit that our new rights are the result of. These couples deserve to be first!!!!

    Posted by: patrick | Jun 16, 2008 2:55:40 PM

  6. Strangely, in Europe the stats are almost exactly opposite with gay male couples marrying at a rate of about 2 to 1 over lesbian couples.

    I think it has a lot to do with the differences in the way American men and European men are influenced by our respective cultures.

    Men in America are considered incomplete and less of a man without a wife and kids to support. This is a huge part of the push that drives many gay men to marry women. There isn't the tradition or impetus yet for gay men to get married to a same-sex partner in order to establish social legitimacy.

    Posted by: Zeke | Jun 16, 2008 8:23:03 PM

  7. Amazing! thing

    Posted by: ama | Mar 9, 2009 11:48:01 AM

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