SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – Wednesday marks 10 years since the first same-sex marriages took place in San Francisco City Hall. One of the first couples who got married, along with then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, look back on the decade since the “Winter of Love.”
Julie Baird and Laurie Simonson were one of the first couples to break the ice.
As they reflect over the last 10 years, they remember how exciting it was, and realize how momentous it would become for same-sex couples.
“People would just stop us in restaurants and stuff and say, ‘We saw you on the news last night,’” Simonson said.
“The weight of that day and the effect of those weddings over the next decade was incredibly impactful on the marriage movement,” Baird said.
On February 12, 2004, Newsom, who is now Lieutenant Governor, declared same-sex couples would be able to get married at San Francisco City Hall. And thousands came.