Same-sex couples lining up at City Hall – San Francisco Ruling Coming Soon

Posted: August 12, 2010 in Breaking News, GLBTQ Rights
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(08-12) 11:14 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Lesbian and gay couples were lining up this morning at the San Francisco clerk’s office, hours before a judge is expected to rule on whether same-sex marriages can resume while his landmark decision in the case is appealed.

Rod Wood, 56, and his boyfriend of seven years, Roger Hunt, 52, were the first in line at San Francisco City Hall. The San Francisco couple said they wanted to be there in case the window of opportunity to wed was small.

Wood proposed to Hunt two days ago, and the couple got rings Wednesday night at the Stonestown Galleria mall in San Francisco. If the two get married, they plan to celebrate their honeymoon by taking a motorcycle trip to the Sierra Nevada.

“I’m trying to remain calm, but I don’t want to be devastated if the stay isn’t lifted,” Hunt said.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker intends to rule today on whether same-sex marriage can resume. Last week, Walker invalidated Proposition 8, which was passed by voters in 2008 and bans same-sex marriage in California, but he immediately put in place a stay that froze enforcement of his ruling.

His action – expected between 9 a.m. and noon – will either lift the stay, which could enable gay and lesbian couples to get married, or to leave it in place, which would maintain the ban.

At least 15 couples had lined up at City Hall this morning.

One couple, Teresa Rowe, and her girlfriend of five years, Kristin Orbin, both 31, arrived at 4:30 a.m. from Fairfield. They were playing it safe; rather than wait in line at the clerk’s office, they were sitting on the steps of City Hall to see whether Vaughn would lift the stay.

The clerk’s office, meanwhile, was girding for the likely onrush of same-sex couples seeking to get married.

“We’re fully prepared,’ said deputy county clerk Alan Wong. “We’re fully ready.”

There were several Prop. 8 supporters outside City Hall. Some carried signs reading, “Yes on 8.”

Don Grundmann, 58, of San Leandro showed up at 7 a.m. to protest.

“I had to be here at Ground Zero,” Grundmann said. “We had to stand up to judicial tyranny.”

Tour buses have passed by City Hall, and some on board have been cheering same-sex couples outside.

Chronicle staff writer Rachel Gordon contributed to this report.

E-mail Justin Berton at jberton@sfchronicle.com.

via Same-sex couples lining up at City Hall.

IllegalInAmerica:

I am watching the live feed right now from City Hall, San Francisco, where people are waiting to hear the ruling from Judge Walker.  These two douches are talking and this dude sounds like a total idiot talking about how the Judge should not have this decision.

My heart goes out to the people who are waiting in line today.  I hope that you get the chance to marry the person that you have been with for what is most likely many years, and you deserve all the rights and everything that everyone else has.

I will keep you posted on what the results are, expected within minutes.

IIA

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