Freedom to marry

Before marriage for same-sex couples was legal across the country, San Francisco sparked a national conversation on February 12, 2004 when Mayor Gavin Newsom directed the city and county to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Fenton helped Equality California promote this historic event, including the story of the first wedded couple, Del Martin, 83, and Phyllis Lyon, 80. These and other enduring images from City Hall continue to shape the debate nationwide.