Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, left, with San Francisco Mayor
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Photo by Bill Wilson © 2008
Mayor Ronald V. Dellums will join elected officials, clergy and human rights leaders – representing Oakland ’s diverse communities – for a press conference at Oakland City Hall to offer congratulations and celebrate the upcoming weddings for gay and lesbian couples.
In addition, Mayor Ronald V. Dellums will officiate Alameda County ’s first gay and lesbian wedding ceremonies on Monday, June 16th starting at 6:00 p.m. at Oakland City Hall. Congresswoman Barbara Lee and other elected officials will stand as witnesses to these ceremonies.
“Marriage is a confirmation of the importance of love and commitment in a healthy society,” said Mayor Dellums.
“It is a fundamental right to which all people are entitled and I am proud that I can officiate the eternal unions of these Oakland couples. Our city is one of the most diverse cities in the country and we join in the celebration of this historic day of human rights for all people.”
WHEN: 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 16
WHERE: Oakland City Hall Steps
One Frank Ogawa Plaza
Oakland , CA
WHO: – Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums
- Rev. Phil Lawson, CA Council of Churches; Pastor, Jones United Methodist
- Rev. Dr. D. Mark Wilson, Pacific School of Religion
- Rev. Lynice Pinkard, Pastor, 1st Congregational Oakland
-Rebecca Kaplan, AC Transit Board Member
- Peggy Moore, Sistahs Steppin’ in Pride
- Andrea Shorter, Bayard Rustin Coalition
- And others
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Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past four years. Email Bill Wilson at email@example.com.
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