Monday, February 16, 2004

The best way to celebrate President's Day: If you're gay, get married 


Dozens of same-sex couples lined up outside City Hall in heavy rain early Monday, waiting for city offices to open so they could join more than 1,700 other gay and lesbian couples who have exchanged vows in the last few days.

Despite miserable weather and the Presidents Day holiday, many couples camped out throughout the night. Though City Hall was scheduled to open at 10 a.m., City Assessor Mabel Teng said she would try to open her office earlier because of the demand.

Teng said many of the city workers who helped process the marriage licenses throughout the holiday weekend were volunteering their time.

"I am just very honored to be involved in this significant and history-making event," Teng said Monday morning. "I'm so proud to be part of it."

Good for them.

President Lincoln—"with malice toward none, with charity toward all"—would be proud of them too.

But then, Lincoln was a legitimately elected President, although a Republican. Sigh....

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