The sad news is reported today that lesbian activist Del Martin, at the forefront of the battle for same-sex marriage in California, died Wednesday in San Francisco. She was 87.
Martin's partner of 55 years, Phyllis Lyon, was by her side at the UCSF hospice, the National Center for Lesbian Rights said.
Martin and Lyon, 84, tied the knot June 16 in a ceremony officiated by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
These are courageous people who have struggled to overcome prejudice and misunderstanding. But more importantly, these are people, like George Takei, who have demonstrated the ability to maintain a committed relationship for decades, in the case of Phyllis and Del, for half a century. For me, that's worthy of respect and admiration.
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