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Marriage, Pride and History Celebrated In San Francisco

Posted: Jul. 3rd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

Most of the media's attention has been directed towards the flurry of marriages that have erupted in San Francisco, but there's a general aura of festivity and celebration that can't go unsung. For instance, the Gay Pride Parade is scheduled to fall on the heels of the Supreme Court victories and this year will be the sort of celebration only a fool would pass over!

For weeks now, San Francisco has been preparing for this weekend. Rainbow banners have flown over the city's famous Castro district, grand marshals have been handpicked for the parade, a rainbow of paints bound for waving posters has been flying off store shelves.

But few expected a weekend quite like this, when San Francisco's landmark gay pride festival and parade will coincide with two major Supreme Court victories and a surprise ruling that allowed the first same-sex marriages in California since 2008 to begin immediately.

Pride weekend was getting a "tremendous boost" from the court decisions, said state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), who once worked with famed gay rights activist and San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk.

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