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    Love and Justice: A Celebration of Marriage Equality in California


    An iconic photo (above) of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon who were the first same-sex couple married in 2004, and (below) a mass wedding held at SF City Hall. PHOTO BY LIZ MANGELSDORF

    This Valentine’s Day week marks the tenth anniversary of San Francisco permitting same-sex couples to marry. While the road has been long and winding, those first weddings here a decade ago were key moments in the shift of opinion and practice in both courts and churches.

    To mark the occasion, Grace Cathedral is presenting “Love and Justice: A Celebration of Marriage Equality in California” on Thursday, February 13. At 5:15 PM, there will be a short concert of prelude music by the Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus, Voices Lesbian Choral Ensemble, and other guest choirs.

    At 6 pm, an Evensong will be sung by the Men of the Cathedral Choir. A beautiful, centuries-old part of the Anglican tradition, an Evensong service includes hymns, choral chants, and anthems, as well as readings from scripture and prayers. A reception will follow in Gresham Hall. Nursery care for infants and toddlers will be available from 4:30 to 8 pm.

    The collection from this special service will benefit housing programs for local, homeless LGBTQ youth at Larkin Street Youth Services and it will also benefit Grace Cathedral’s social outreach programs.

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    See page 13 for more about the “Winter of Love.”