There were more than 30 plaintiffs in the gay marriage suits argued before the Supreme Court. But the case that will go down in history is named for just one, Jim Obergefell.
His is a story of love amid a crippling disease, a triumphant wedding ceremony aboard a chartered medical jet on the tarmac in Baltimore, and then a legal battle over whether Obergefell's three-month marriage to a dying John Arthur would be recognized on a piece of paper after he was gone.
Melissa and Rachel Stiner, ages 44 and 45, respectively, proudly displayed their "Mrs. 'n' Mrs." license plate this morning before revving their motorcycle to join the Dykes on Bikes contingent, which traditionally leads the parade down Market Street.
"We didn't realize it was going to come this soon," Melissa said of the Supreme Court's move to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.
Her response has been "happiness, complete and utter awe," she said. "I feel a little more comfortable in society."
In sharp contrast to celebrations in San Francisco, gay pride marchers in Turkey clashed today with police in Istanbul's Taksim Square.
Turkish police used water cannons and tear gas against 100 to 200 marchers who tried to gather in the late afternoon. Police hemmed the demonstrators into a small corner of the square and then fired several jets of water to force them down a side street. The Dogan News Agency says rubber pellets were also used.
Melissa Stiner and her wife, Rachel Stiner, 44 and 45 respectively, describe themselves as "very married." The Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage was on their minds as they flashed their rings at the Pride Parade.
The couple said they live in the Contra Costa County town of Pinole and work in the relatively conservative community of Blackhawk, near Danville, Calif.
The Stonewall Inn is a rarity -- a tipping point in history where we know, with absolute clarity, that everything changed. This building has a unique place in the history of our city and in the struggle for dignity and equal rights in our society.
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
Brewer's statement came Tuesday when the New York City bar became a landmark.
Los Angeles Times reporter Lee Romney and photographer Marcus Yam capture the dog Delilah Danger getting in position to ride in the parade. Below, some colorful marchers take the train to the start of the route.