It’s been an eventful year in the movement to legalize same sex marriage. Last year Judge Vaughn Walker ruled California’s Prop 8 unconstitutional. Then late last month, New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation allowing same sex couples there to marry. And just last week, Rhode Island authorized civil unions. All this against the backdrop of the imminent repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the launch of the It Gets Better video campaign and the first ever Gallup poll to show a majority of Americans supporting same sex marriage.
San Francisco has been awash with rainbow flags in anticipation of this week’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride celebrations. Highlights include the Frameline film festival and a trio of events at week’s end including the Dyke March followed by the Pink Saturday celebration in the Castro and Sunday’s Pride March down Market Street.