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June 29, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SAN FRANCISCO -- John Lewis and Stuart Gaffney looked at the line of gay and lesbian couples waiting happily for their marriage licenses at San Francisco City Hall on Saturday morning and were more than a little bit dumbstruck. "Right now, San Francisco City Hall is the happiest place on Earth," Gaffney said. "I don't want to be any other place but here. " Lewis, 54, and Gaffney, 50, had been among the first 10 couples to be married in this very building in 2004, when then-Mayor Gavin Newsom ordered the city to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
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April 22, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Harvey Milk, the slain politician who became an icon of equal rights not just for the gay community in San Francisco but across the nation, will be commemorated in a forever stamp next month, the U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday. The stamp's issue will coincide with Milk's birthday on May 22. The stamps will be available in sheets of 20 and may be pre-ordered . The image on the stamp comes from a circa-1977 photo taken by Daniel Nicoletta of Milk in front of Castro Street Camera in San Francisco.
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June 29, 2013 | By Joe Serna
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dozens of same-sex couples lined up early Saturday to get married at San Francisco City Hall.  An hour before the county clerk's doors opened at 9 a.m., there were about 20 people in line. An hour later, there were more than 100. “It's a tidal wave you can't turn back,” said Art Cook from Belmont. Cook, 55, drove down to San Francisco with his partner, Brian Nolan, to get their marriage licenses. The couple planned to get married Nov. 12, they said, but a week of historic rulings for gay marriage swept them up in the moment.
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November 15, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
The day hasn't been exhilarating just for Batkid, the 5-year-old leukemia survivor whose wish to become a superhero came true Friday in San Francisco, thanks to the generosity of a city known more for its adult indulgences than for its sentimentality for tots. It's also been exhilarating for those of us who were able to follow the adventures of Miles, a little boy from the teensy Northern California town of Tulelake, as he traveled the city in a Batmobile, with a grown-up Batman at his side, performing daring deeds of bravery, arranged by playacting adults for a child who has been battling cancer since he was 20 months old. The magical transformation of San Francisco into “Gotham City” was arranged by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, whose good deeds for ailing children are usually far less interactive or splashy.
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March 12, 1997
Four earthquakes in just 11 minutes shook San Francisco late Monday night. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the two strongest, both magnitude 3.6, were felt by residents in the city and from Marin County south to San Jose. Seismologists said the quakes were centered near the San Andreas fault offshore, nine miles southwest of San Francisco City Hall. The flurry of temblors, also including jolts of 2.4 and 2.3, began at 10:30 p.m. No injuries or significant damage was reported.
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May 23, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Almost 30 years after his assassination by a fellow city lawmaker, Harvey Milk is returning to San Francisco City Hall. A bronze bust of the first openly gay politician to win an elected office of any prominence was scheduled to be unveiled Thursday evening on what would have been Milk's 78th birthday. Milk is the first non-mayor to have his likeness permanently installed in the civic building. He was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977 and shot to death a year later along with Mayor George Moscone by Dan White, a former police officer who had just resigned his supervisor's seat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
It was quite a hectic wedding day for San Francisco residents Jeff Aguero and Sebastian Tonkin. As soon as the two men heard that same-sex marriage ceremonies were starting up Friday evening, they rushed home from work, changed their clothes, called a few friends and grabbed a taxi. They arrived at San Francisco City Hall and became No. 177 in the line for the ceremonies. Soon enough, they were exchanging vows and rings under the landmark rotunda. "We feel it's really the beginning of our life together," said Aguero, who works at a start-up that helps nonprofits.
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June 29, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
A lesbian couple -- Danielle Fernandez, 33, and Janeen Singer, 32 -- showed up at San Francisco City Hall on Saturday looking for business as wedding photographers. They had planned to celebrate pride weekend in Dolores Park with a bottle of champagne, but instead decided to work. Up until Friday, their business had been "pretty hetero. " They would take photos at straight couples' weddings, knowing it was not an option for them, even after two years together. Occasionally they would shoot ceremonies for gay couples, but those weren't legal marriages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Harvey Milk, the slain politician who became an icon of equal rights not just for the gay community in San Francisco but across the nation, will be commemorated in a forever stamp next month, the U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday. The stamp's issue will coincide with Milk's birthday on May 22. The stamps will be available in sheets of 20 and may be pre-ordered . The image on the stamp comes from a circa-1977 photo taken by Daniel Nicoletta of Milk in front of Castro Street Camera in San Francisco.
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June 29, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SAN FRANCISCO -- For weeks now, San Francisco has been preparing for this weekend. Rainbow banners have flown over the city's famous Castro district, grand marshals have been handpicked for the parade, a rainbow of paints bound for waving posters has been flying off store shelves. But few expected a weekend quite like this, when San Francisco's landmark gay pride festival and parade will coincide with two major Supreme Court victories and a surprise ruling that allowed the first same-sex marriages in California since 2008 to begin immediately.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2013 | By Evan Wagstaff and Maria L. La Ganga
OAKLAND -- The first several hours of peaceful protest at Frank Ogawa Plaza near Oakland City Hall got testy at around 10 p.m., as demonstrators began shouting “Justice for Trayvon” and the police presence intensified. Officers at 14th and Broadway faced off with demonstrators, one of whom shouted: “Look at all these Zimmerman clones!” Protesters were seen shouting at a line of Oakland police officers. Police appeared to detain one of the demonstrators. Interactive tweets: Police move in on one protester #oo #trayvon https://t.co/LIRYFw4gba - Evan Wagstaff (@EvanWagstaff)
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June 30, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SAN FRANCISCO -- In any other setting, the weddings would have qualified as intimate. Each ceremony was nothing more than two spouses-to-be, a black-robed county official and a few witnesses. Sometimes a handful of flowers added a touch of color. But on Sunday, in the middle of a packed room in San Francisco City Hall, each wedding was a small part of a much larger celebration. Outside the building, the sprawling and boisterous gay pride celebration continued. The deep bass of dance music from a nearby party echoed through the room.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SAN FRANCISCO--In any other setting, the weddings would have qualified as intimate. Each ceremony was nothing more than two spouses-to-be, a black-robed county official and a few witnesses. Sometimes a handful of flowers added a touch of color. But on Sunday, in the middle of a packed room in San Francisco City Hall, each wedding was just one small part of a much larger celebration.  And outside the building, the sprawling and boisterous gay pride celebration continued. The deep bass of dance music from a nearby party echoed through the room.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SAN FRANCISCO -- Crowds along the route of the city's annual gay pride parade Sunday were charged with a new energy from last week's Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for California couples to wed once again. A long-sought victory had been achieved, and thousands gathered to celebrate. "This is a culmination of all the parades before it," said state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, who rode the parade route in a classic Buick convertible. These "parades were always full of hope, and full of vision, and full of fight and commitment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2013 | By Chris Megerian, Joseph Serna and Times staff
SAN FRANCISCO -- Thousands of people marched in San Francisco's gay pride parade Sunday, punctuating a week of celebration for supporters of same-sex marriage. The parade included antique cars, trolleys, fire engines and a boat-themed float filled with revelers in sailor costumes. The spectators were just as colorful, wearing rainbow tutus, superhero costumes, leather pants and occasionally nothing at all. Many stood on trash cans and newspaper boxes to get a better view, and others waved flags and snapped photos with cellphones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
A lesbian couple -- Danielle Fernandez, 33, and Janeen Singer, 32 -- showed up at San Francisco City Hall on Saturday looking for business as wedding photographers. They had planned to celebrate pride weekend in Dolores Park with a bottle of champagne, but instead decided to work. Up until Friday, their business had been "pretty hetero. " They would take photos at straight couples' weddings, knowing it was not an option for them, even after two years together. Occasionally they would shoot ceremonies for gay couples, but those weren't legal marriages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SAN FRANCISCO -- In any other setting, the weddings would have qualified as intimate. Each ceremony was nothing more than two spouses-to-be, a black-robed county official and a few witnesses. Sometimes a handful of flowers added a touch of color. But on Sunday, in the middle of a packed room in San Francisco City Hall, each wedding was a small part of a much larger celebration. Outside the building, the sprawling and boisterous gay pride celebration continued. The deep bass of dance music from a nearby party echoed through the room.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SAN FRANCISCO--In any other setting, the weddings would have qualified as intimate. Each ceremony was nothing more than two spouses-to-be, a black-robed county official and a few witnesses. Sometimes a handful of flowers added a touch of color. But on Sunday, in the middle of a packed room in San Francisco City Hall, each wedding was just one small part of a much larger celebration.  And outside the building, the sprawling and boisterous gay pride celebration continued. The deep bass of dance music from a nearby party echoed through the room.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SAN FRANCISCO -- For weeks now, San Francisco has been preparing for this weekend. Rainbow banners have flown over the city's famous Castro district, grand marshals have been handpicked for the parade, a rainbow of paints bound for waving posters has been flying off store shelves. But few expected a weekend quite like this, when San Francisco's landmark gay pride festival and parade will coincide with two major Supreme Court victories and a surprise ruling that allowed the first same-sex marriages in California since 2008 to begin immediately.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Joseph Serna and Christine Mai-Duc
San Francisco will resume performing gay marriages Saturday morning, and officials are bracing for big crowds. Line for marriage licenses at San Francisco City Hall beginning to grow Saturday morning after #prop8 ruling. @LANow pic.twitter.com/6PuN5EuWxu - Joe Serna, LAT (@JosephSerna) June 29, 2013 While Southern California county clerks won't begin same-sex unions into Monday, San Francisco is open this weekend. Officials expected couples from the city as well as from the rest of California to get hitched.
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