Budge over San Francisco, Los Angeles deserves a spot in the limelight now that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has leapedpastthe possible politicalramificationsand publicly performed the nuptials for Paul Katami and Jeff Zarillo, just two of the many couples who fought one of this generations greatest battles for equal treatment under the law.
Two of the plaintiffs in a challenge to Proposition 8 became the first same-sex couple to marry in Los Angeles Friday afternoon, some 3 1/2 hours after an appeals court issued an order clearing the way for such unions to resume in California.
On the last business day of his administration, outgoing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa officiated the historic ceremony held at the mayor’s press office at City Hall.
“I’ve done a few of these over the last couple years, but never have I been prouder,” Villaraigosa said at the beginning of the ceremony. “Never have I been more joyful than I am today. This is a special moment.”