ACROSS CALIFORNIA, SAME-SEX COUPLES MAKE CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY

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PURSUIT OF EQUALITY CONTINUES

San Francisco, California : “Today is a historic and deeply personal moment as we witness gay and lesbian couples marrying across California ,” states Molly McKay, Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) Media Director. “Many of us have worked so hard, sharing our stories with anyone and everyone about why marriage matters, making every moment a marriage equality moment. Every Valentine’s Day, MEUSA has hosted marriage counter actions across California where same-sex couples have gone to their local Coun ty Clerk ’s office to respectfully ask and then be denied marriage licenses. But after today, no one will ever be turned away and we are absolutely touched to see that so many of our MEUSA leaders will finally get to taste the fruits of their labor as they now can marry the one they love. Simply put, we’re elated.”

As of 5:01pm on June 16th, gay and lesbian couples will have the freedom to marry in California .

“Same-sex couples live in every county of this state and soon will be able to marry in their own backyard,” explains Pamela Brown MEUSA Policy Director. “Many of these couples have been in loving, committed relationships for decades and it is heartening to see that they will get the dignity and respect that comes with marriage. Once Californians see gay and lesbian couples who live in their local communities getting married, this will become a neighborhood issue. MEUSA is actively encouraging same-sex couples getting married to submit wedding announcements in their local papers as a way to celebrate their weddings and share their stories within their community.”

In addition to the wedding announcement project, MEUSA has been and is continuing collecting stories on local couples by county. A partial list of county contacts and stories is provided below.

“Everyone remembers their wedding day and today will be no different for same-sex couples getting married,” claims McKay. “We’ve heard wonderful stories from gay and lesbian couples who are receiving overwhelming support from friends, families, co-workers and neighbors. But we know our work isn’t done. While same-sex couples can now get marriage licenses at every county clerk’s office, two county clerks have decided to stop providing marriage ceremonies. Their decision is unfair to everyone, but we won’t let anyone rain on our wedding days…we’ve worked too long and hard for this moment. Today is a day we will celebrate and remember forever!”

Founded in 2000, Marriage Equality USA is a national grassroots organization whose mission is to secure legally recognized civil marriage equality for all, at the federal and state level, without regard to gender identity or sexual orientation . For more information go to www.marriageequality.org.

Partial List of Statewide Couple Contacts for Marriages Across California

CALIFORNIA

MONDAY, JUNE 16TH MARRIAGES

Alameda County 4:30 – 6:30pm
4:30pm at County Clerk’s Office, 1106 Madison St, Oakland, CA and 6pm at Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, City Hall at 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
MEUSA Alameda County Chapter Leaders Moe Perez and Ryan James : ca-alameda@marriageequality.org or 510-388-3484 will be one of a dozen same-sex couples who will get their marriage license 4:30pm and then will have Mayor Ron Dellums officiate their wedding, with Representative Barbara Lee as their witness, at 6pm. Other same-sex couples can get married on Monday as the Alameda County Clerk’s office is open until 8pm .

San Francisco County 5:01pm
City Hall, Suite 168, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA
MEUSA Media Director Molly McKay will be witnessing Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin becoming the first legally married same-sex couple in San Francisco. Please direct all questions and press inquiries to Molly McKay at media@marriageequality.org or 510-332-0872.

Yolo County 5:01pm
County Clerk-Recorder, 625 Court Street, Room 105, Woodland, CA
MEUSA Yolo County Chapter Leaders Ellen Pontac and Shelly Bailes will be getting married in a ceremony where County Clerk Freddie Oakley will destroy the certificates of inequality that she issues when she was unable to marry same-sex couples and then will present Ellen and Shelly with their marriage license. Please direct all questions and press inquiries to Ellen Pontac and Shelly Bailes at ca-yolo@marriageequality.org or 530-753-8283.

Los Angeles County 5:01pm
Beverly Hills Courthouse, 9355 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA
MEUSA Advisory Board Members Robin Tyler and Diane Olson who for the past eight Valentine’s Days have attempted to get a marriage license and each time have turned down will be turned down no longer as they receive their civil marriage license at 5:01pm on the steps of the Beverly Hills Courthouse. As Los Angeles lead couples in the CA Supreme Court Marriage Case, their attorney, Gloria Allred, will be attending. Please direct all questions and press inquiries to Robin Tyler at robintyler@aol.com or 818-893-4075 or Gloria Allred at 323-653-6530

TUESDAY, JUNE 17TH MARRIAGES

Butte County
County Clerk’s Office, 25 County Center Drive, Oraville, CA
MEUSA Chapter Leaders Rob Regur and Dan Whitehead will be one of the same-sex couples getting their civil marriage license on June 17th. Rob who is also an ordained minister has also offered to conduct ceremonies for any other same-sex couples who cannot get married in the County Clerk’s office that has ceased offering wedding ceremonies to county residents. Please direct all questions and press inquiries to Rob Regur at robregur@sbcglobal.net or 530-893-0258.

Calaveras County
County Clerk’s Office, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andraes, CA
MEUSA Members Russell Murawski and Robert O’Keefe who have been together 28 years will be one of the same-sex couples getting their marriage license on June 17th. Please direct all press inquiries to Russell and Robert at russmurawskiandrobertokeefe@wildblue.net or 209-217-7026.

Contra Costa County 8am
County Clerk’s Office, 823 Marina Vista, Martinez, CA
MEUSA Policy Director Pamela Brown will be witnessing the marriage of County Clerk Stephen Weir and his partner John Hemm, the first same-sex couple to be married in Contra Costa. Brown will also be obtaining a marriage license with her partner of 12 years, Shauna Rajkowski; their wedding is planned for July 27th. Over two-dozen same-sex couples will be married on June 17th, including Maryanne Simpson and Cynthia Asprodites of El Cerrito, together 28 years. Please direct all questions and press inquiries to Pamela Brown pamela@marriageequality.org or 510-384-3655.

Fresno County
County Clerk’s Office, 2221 Kern Street, Fresno, CA
MEUSA Fresno County Chapter Leader Jason Scott and his partner, Randy Gray Jr, and Robin McGehee and Katherine Adams (together 10 years) will be two of the same-sex couples married on June 17th in Fresno County. Please direct all questions and press inquiries to Jason Scott at ca-fresno@marriageequality.org or 559-307-0807

Humboldt County
County Clerk’s Office, 825 5th Street, Room 108, Eureka, CA
MEUSA Board Member Jamila Tharp and Michelle Hasting will be one of the same-sex couples married on June 17th. Please direc t all questions and press inquiries to MEUSA leader Stanley Smith-Hanes at ca-humboldt@marriageequality.org or 707-362-9430

Kern County
County Clerk’s Office, 1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA
MEUSA Kern County Chapter Leader Whitney Weddell and Lori Renee will be one of the same-sex couples married in Kern County on June 17th. MESUA Media Director Molly McKay will conduct ceremonies for same-sex couples who cannot get married in the County Clerk’s office that has ceased offering wedding ceremonies to county residents. Please direct all questions and press inquiries to MEUSA County Chapter Leader Whitney Weddell at ca-bakersfield@marriagequality.org or 661-204-3180 or MEUSA Media Director Molly McKay at molly@marriageequality.org or 510-332-0872.

Mendocino County
County Clerk’s Office, 501 Low Gap Rd, Rm 1020 Ukiah, CA
MEUSA Mendocino County Chapter Leaders Jennifer and Theresa Sookne-Miizell will be one of the same-sex couples married in Mendocino County on June 17th. The Mendocino County Clerk personally contacted Jennifer and Theresa to see if they wanted to be the first same-sex couple married because of their participation in marriage counter actions in the past. Please direct all questions and press inquiries to J ennifer and Theresa Sookne-Mizell at info@marriageequality.org or (707) 354-4219

Merced County
County Clerk’s Office, 2222 M St, Rm 14 Merced, CA
Please direct all questions and press inquiries to Jamie at PFLAG Merced Chapter at pflagmerced@yahoo.com or (209) 341-2122

Nevada County
The Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City, CA
MEUSA Members Robert Bor and Dennis Ostrowski, together 17 years, will be one of the same-sex couples married on June 17th. Please direct all questions and press inquiries to Robert Bor at rbor@usamedia.tv or 530-272-2283.

Orange County
County Clerk’s Office, 630 N. Broadway Building 12, Santa Ana, CA
MEUSA Members Kathleen A. Eiler and Patti L. Clarkson, together 12 years, will be one of the same-sex couples married on June 17th. Their wedding announcement was published in the local paper this weekend. Please direct all questions and press inquiries to Patti at plclarkson@aol.com or 714-240-7807.

Placer County
County Clerk’s Office, 2954 Richardson Drive, Auburn, CA
MEUSA Members Toby and Jean Adams will be one of the same-sex couples married on June 17th. Please direct all questions and press inquiries to Toby Adams at ca-placer@marriageequality.org or 530-885-9579.

Sacramento County 9:30am – noon
County Clerk’s Office, 600 8th Street, Sacramento, CA and City Hall, 915 I Street, Sacramento, CA
All three MEUSA County Chapter Leaders will be married by Mayor Heather Fargo, alongside dozens of other same-sex couples. Kinna and Ashle Crocker who are expecting their first child will be married at 9:30am at the County Recorde r’s Office. Lisa & Amy Twardosz will be married at 10:30am and Christine Rose Allen and Phoebe Ann Brown will bet married at 11:15am at Sacramento City Hall. Other same-sex couples to be married in S acramento on June 17th include Dennis Mangers and Michael Sestak (together 17 years), Tom Carroll and Frank Harrison (together 21 years), Bradley Ellison and David Mues (together 8 years), Brigit Alexander and Blithe Raines (together 12 years), Lonny James Phillips and Benjamin Adore Reyes Phillips-Lesenana (together 14 years), and Karen Dwire and Celeste Campbell (together 6 years). Please direct all questions and press inquiries to chapter leader Lysa Twardosz at ca-sacramento@marriageequality.org or 916-519-4336.

San Diego County
County Clerk’s Office, 1600 Pacific Highway #103, San Diego, CA
Please direct all questions and press inquiries to Marriage Equality USA Chapter leader Fernando Lopez at fzljr@cox.net or (619) 379-8683

San Francisco County
City Hall, Suite 168, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA
Numerous same-sex couples will be getting married on June 17th, including MEUSA leaders and plaintiffs in the marriage case, Stuart Gaffney and John Lewis. Please direct all questions and press inquiries to Stuart and John at stuartjohn@marriageequality.org or 415-378-3259

San Joaquin County 1pm
Pacific State Bank Building, 6 South El Dorado Street Second Floor, Stockton, CA
MESUA Chapter Leaders Judy and Ann Mollica will be one of the same-sex couples getting married on June 17th in San Joaquin County. Please direct all questions and press inquiries to chapter leader Martina Virrey at ca-sanjoaquin@marriageequality.org or (209)518-9102

San Luis Obispo County 8:30am
County Clerk’s Office, 1144 Monter ey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
MEUSA County Chapter Leader David Kilburn and his partner will be one of the same-sex couples married in San Luis Obispo County on June 17th . Please direct all questions and press inquiries to local contact person: David Kilburn at dkilburn@charter.net or (805)440-6487

Solano County 9am
County Clerk’s Office, 675 Texas Street Suite 1900, Fairfield, CA 94533
MEUSA Board President David Janis-Kitzmiller and Jeff Janis-Kitzmiller will be the first same-sex couple married in Solano County. Their ceremony will be officiated by the Solano County Clerk and David and Jeff’s story and their wedding plans have been recently featured by Good Morning America. Please direct all questions and press inquiries to chapter leader Jeff Janis-Kitzmiller at jeff@marriageequality.org or 707-208-0284.

Sonoma County
County Clerk’s Office, La Plaza West Building 2300 County Center Drive, Suite B-177, Santa Rosa, California 95403
MEUSA Sonoma County Chapter Leader Chari Davidson and her wife, Wendy, will be one of the same-sex couples married on June 17th in Sonoma County. Please direct all questions and press inquiries to chapter leader Chari Davidson at chari_d@hotmail.com or 707-579-1922.

Stanislaus County
County Clerk’s Office, 1021 I Street, Suite 101, Modesto, CA 95354
MEUSA Community of Faith Outreach Director Stephanie Stolte and her partner, Paula Martelli, and MEUSA Stanislaus County Chapter Leaders Bethany Holden and Cynthia Soto will be two of the same-sex couples married on June 17th in Stanislaus County. Please direct all questions and press inquiries to ch apter leaders Beth Holden and Cynthia Soto at ca-stanislaus@marriageequality.org or (209) 575-2771.

Tulare County 7:30am – 3:30pm
County Clerk’s Office, 221 S Moone y Boulevard, Room 103, Visalia, CA
MEUSA County Chapter Leader Jaime Richie and her partner, Susan Garza, will be one of the same-sex couples married on June 17th in Tulare County. Please direct all que stions and press inquiries to Chapter Leader Jaime Richie at glasshouse@clearwire.net.

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