Gay Marriage Has Begun!

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: California officials have officially made same-sex marriage official!

At 5:01 PM, clerks began issuing the state’s first same-sex marriage licenses. And, as a proper institution, the ladies went first. Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, who have been together 55 years, inaugurated the festivities in San Francisco, while Robin Tyler and Diane Olson did it up in Los Angeles county. The latter, pictured above, were the original plaintiffs in the case that led to California Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the ban on gay marriage. HRC’s Brad Luna, who is in San Francisco, estimates that about 500-700 people are outside city hall cheering every couple that crosses the threshold.

Not everyone’s feeling so merry, of course. Luna also tells us there are some nasty wedding crashers brandishing signs reading “Stop Homo Marriage” and “Homo sex is a greater threat than terrorism.” Must be a Sally Kern supporter.

More pics to come!