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Veteran Bob Lehman and Tom Felkner are First Married in San Diego


Bob Lehman, a former Marine, and Tom Felkner were the first same-sex couple married in San Diego this morning, at just after 7am.

"Veteran Bob Lehman and Tom Felkner were among more than 200 couples expected to get married in the county Tuesday, the first day that gay weddings could be legally performed in this county after the state Supreme Court last month struck down a statewide ban on same-sex unions. Other couples getting married in the morning included Christopher Dye, 45, a Web page designer from North Park and his partner, Daniel Szpak, 46, a registered nurse. They have been together 13 years and got married around 7:30 a.m.."

Couples arriving early were met by a single protestor on the steps of the county building, who left less than an hour later.


road.jpg 60 couples set to wed in the OC...

road.jpg "Acting mayor" Eric Garcetti marrying same-sex couples in L.A. while Mayor Villaraigosa is in Israel.

road.jpg Gay marriage supporter in San Francisco collapses at City Hall, and anti-gay protestor proclaims: "God killed him for loving fags!!"

road.jpg States gird for legal challenges..."Legal challenges could crop up immediately, Georgetown University law professor Nancy Hunter said. For example, a couple from Kansas could travel to California to wed and have a car accident in Colorado on the way home. Hospital visitation and authority to make medical decisions for a spouse likely would become an issue in a state that prohibits gay unions."

road.jpg Divorce lawyers licking their chops...

road.jpg The story of one couple wed in SF in 2004 headed to California from Chicago to get married once again..."Kind of bittersweet to be going through it again. I was really happy the first time and I was saddened and shocked when it was invalidated."

A news clip of coverage from KTLA, AFTER THE JUMP...

And our ongoing coverage...
Star Trek's George Takei and Brad Altman Talk Marriage [tr]
Outside City Hall [tr]
Inside City Hall: Del and Phyllis Cut the Cake [tr]
Same-Sex Marriage Legal in California [tr]
The First Same-Sex Couple to Marry in L.A. [tr]
5:01 PM [tr]

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  1. Congrats to the hometown boys. Make it work, babies!

    Posted by: Chas | Jun 17, 2008 3:19:21 PM

  2. oh wow! that guitar player who collapsed is a longtime san francisco character. his singing sucks but i'm glad he's ok.

    Posted by: alguien | Jun 17, 2008 3:23:09 PM

  3. A great big soaring joy fills me when I look at these photos (and it ain't what you're thinking peanut gallery).

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Jun 17, 2008 4:27:48 PM

  4. Congratulations to the happy couples in California from a happy couple in Massachusetts. We will triumph!

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 17, 2008 4:28:12 PM

  5. Congratulations to Tom & Bob! I've knew them when I lived in San Diego and even used to manage their bar Bourbon Street in SD. Tom and Bob, many warm wishes and congratulations for a wonderful life together.

    Posted by: Jon | Jun 17, 2008 4:37:29 PM

  6. Congrats Tom & Bob!! You guys Rock!!
    We played in the same softball league for several years together, they are outstanding people. These guys deserve the best.

    Posted by: SD619GUY | Jun 17, 2008 4:56:20 PM

  7. The KTLA clip almost makes up for their givng Robert Tyler free run yesterday. Heads up everybody! The campaign to pass the amendment to the California constitution will be based on how Gay Marriage is bad for children. I know it makes no sense, but that's their hook and it's working.

    To all of you that made history today, I wish you a most wonderful life!

    Posted by: Donald | Jun 17, 2008 11:30:30 PM

  8. I don't want to see the wedidngs....SHOW me the honeymoon!

    Posted by: Harry | Jun 18, 2008 8:38:07 AM

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