Contains same-sex marriage licenses issued in San Francisco from Feb. 12, 2004 to March 11, 2004 and later invalidated. Includes
a list of applicants.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom declared same-sex marriage legal on Feb. 11, 2004. Nearly 4000 licenses were issued by Assessor-Recorder
Mabel Teng until March 11, 2004, when the California Supreme Court halted the marriages. On Aug 12, 2004, the Court invalidated
the unions. However, the same court overturned the state's ban on gay marriage on May 15, 2008, making California only the
second state (after Massachusetts) to allow same-sex marriages. That November, voters passed Proposition 8, a state constitutional
amendment reinstating the ban. Same-sex marriage advocates sued the state of California. On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme
Court ruled in favor of a lower court's ruling to strike down the ban, legalizing same-sex marriages. Two days later, the
Appeals Court announced that same-sex marriages could resume.