The hilltop cottage belonging to a lesbian couple who were the first same-sex partners to legally marry in San Francisco has become a city landmark. The home in the Noe Valley neighborhood is expected to become the first lesbian landmark in the U. West, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Martin and Lyon bought the simple one-bedroom house, terraced up the hillside, as a couple in , the same year they co-founded the Daughters of Bilitis , a political and social organization for lesbians. Gay rights pioneer Phyllis Lyon dies at 95; fought for same-sex marriage. Phyllis Lyon and her longtime partner were among the first same-sex couples to marry in California.
San Francisco Makes Home of Lesbian Couple a Landmark
Lesbian Pioneer Del Martin Dies
Iconic leaders Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin honored on their wedding day for five decades of historic leadership. The legendary couple, who have been together for 55 years and were the first to wed in February , will marry with the full weight of the California Constitution supporting their loving commitment at San Francisco City Hall on Monday, June 16 at p. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will officiate. Lyon and Martin are recognized civil rights movement leaders and have devoted their lives to working towards LGBTQ equality, healthcare access, advocacy on behalf of battered women, and issues facing elderly Americans. In , Lyon and Martin were among the founders of the Daughters of Bilitis, the first lesbian rights organization. Lyon and Martin helped to ensure that the fundamental right to marry under the California Constitution belongs to all couples, including lesbian and gay couples. They were plaintiffs in the landmark lawsuit that secured marriage rights for same-sex couples in California.
Home of San Francisco’s first same-sex married couple is now a landmark
The initials of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin are carved into the sidewalk in front of their house. Until Tuesday, the letters carved into the sidewalk were the only indication that the low-slung wooden house behind them once belonged to the late lesbian activists Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, who became the first same-sex couple to be legally married in San Francisco in , and when they had to do it all over again after a court ruling. After a second, ceremonial vote next week, the home is expected to become the first lesbian landmark in the western United States.
The home of the first same-sex couple to legally marry in California will become a historical landmark, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors ruled this week. Breed said in a statement. Lyon and Ms. Martin purchased the home, along with the vacant lot next to it, in and moved in together at the one-bedroom house nestled on a hilltop in the Noe Valley neighborhood. The approximately square-foot home was an integral meeting place for the Daughters of Bilitis and for social events within the lesbian community, according to Donna J.