Special Coverage: Same Sex Marriage

Hundreds of thousands of people on Sunday packed gay pride events from Chicago to New York City, Seattle to San Francisco, with overall attendance expected in the millions for what amounted to a celebration of a freshly endorsed right to marry.
Jane Spahr defied laws for the mainline Protestant denomination by repeatedly marrying gay couples. The lesbian activist hailed the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage.
Eric Wittmershaus, a Press Democrat editor, describes the stigma his family faced and the lie he had to tell as a child to hide his mother’s love for her female partner.
The Supreme Court’s ruling Friday established a new benchmark for gay rights that Bill Baird and John Kennedy said was almost unimaginable nearly four decades ago when they met. The couple said they now intend to advocate for other legal rights for LGBT people, including employment and housing safeguards.
Santa Rosa resident Ross Galleto said the Supreme Court’s ruling was a milestone, but the LGBT movement will need to confront other challenges, including obstacles in employment and adoption law.
Santa Rosa attorney Naomi Metz embraced her wife Jennifer Foley on Friday amid the celebration on the steps outside the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ramon Meraz and his partner, Terah Deason, of Santa Rosa said the Supreme Court's ruling eliminates the legal obstacle that stood in the way of 'the ultimate commitment' for LGBT couples.
Bishop Robert Vasa of the 165,000-member Santa Rosa Diocese called Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage an “egregious error in moral judgment.”
Some snapshots of Americans reacting to Friday's Supreme Court ruling declaring that same-sex couples have a right to marry in all 50 states.
Reaction to the landmark Supreme Court declaration that same-sex couples have a right to marry in the U.S. spread Friday on the North Coast.
Gay rights supporters cheered, danced and wept outside the court after Friday's 5-4 decision, which put an exclamation point on breathtaking changes in the nation's social norms.