Carol Lair places a ring on Colette Shewcraft’s finger as the couple exchanges wedding vows outside the Kern County Building in Bakersfield Tuesday, the first full day same-sex couples can legally marry in California.
Newly married Lori Renee, right, throws her hands in the air as long-time partner Whitney Weddell embraces her after they are pronounced married outside the Kern County Building in Bakersfield. Weddell’s sister Tracy was also married at the county building Tuesday.
Jeff Van Hooser and Greg McCollum raise their right hands while swearing that the information on their wedding certificate is true and accurate while their children Kate and Lucas sit on their laps at the Old Courthouse in Santa Ana.
With a flag from home, David Greenbaum, 37, left, and Mike Silverman, 35, both of Lawrence, Kan., pose in front of San Francisco City Hall shortly after 7 a.m. on the first full day that marriage licenses for same-sex couples were issued in California.
Robin Tyler, left, and Diane Olson sign their marriage certificate. They were the first and only couple in Los Angeles County to obtain a marriage license Monday, after same-sex marriage became legal in California at 5:01 p.m. by order of the state Supreme Court.
Lyon, in turquoise, and Martin move toward their wedding cake at a public reception outside the mayor’s office. “They have spent a half century fighting for equality,” San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said.
Paul Waters, left, is escorted down the aisle at his wedding to Kevin Voecks, right, by Paul’s mother Peggy Waters on June 17, 2008. Paul Waters and Voecks have lived together 15 years and were one of the first couples to get married on Tuesday. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)