Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon exchange rings during their wedding ceremony officiated by Gavin Newsom (center) at City Hall in San Francisco. Photograph: Marcio Jos Snchez/Associated Press
A wedding portrait of the couple cradling each other in pastel-colored pantsuits with their foreheads touching drew worldwide attention.
Later that year, the state supreme court voided the unions before overturning the states ban on gay marriage in 2008. They wed again, among the first couples to do so in the state.
reported at the time that Lyon called the ceremony exciting and over very fast four minutes?, adding that the couple did not wear white or carry bouquets. We wore what we wore the last time, Lyon said. That was simpler than trying to buy something new God forbid.
Del Martin died weeks after their second wedding at age 87.
I am devastated to lose Del, but I take some solace in knowing we were able to enjoy the ultimate rite of love and commitment before she passed, Lyon said at the time.
In 2015, the US supreme court legalized gay marriage.
Lyon was born 10 November 1924 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She grew up in Sacramento, California, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was editor of the heralded Daily Californian newspaper.
Lyon was a police reporter in Fresno and a reporter at the Chico Enterprise-Record during the 1940s, according to Kendell.
Family and friends are planning a celebration of her life.