A Love Story by Irwin Keller

Watch Irwin's hilarious and poignant story of San Francisco's 2004 same-sex weddings

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A Spectacle of Love!

San Francisco is the place where queer history happens. On this Valentine's Week, I'm remembering the CIty Hall same-sex weddings that launched on Valentine's Day in 2004, including my own, on the very last afternoon. The weddings weren't legal; I think we all kind of understood that they were an elaborate and gorgeous act of civil disobedience. But they turned the tide for marriage equality in the US. The country sat glued to the TV, and fell in love with the love that they saw.

This was a moment to be proud of, among so many – happy, creative, tragic, all important. So I ask you to support the GLBT Historical Society. San Francisco is the place where queer history happens; let's make sure it is also the place where queer history is remembered.

–– Irwin Keller

Irwin Keller is the spiritual leader of Congregation Ner Shalom in Sonoma County, California. His past work included LGBT and HIV advocacy, having authored Chicago's first LGBT rights law and directing the AIDS Legal Referral Panel of the San Francisco Bay Area. He was a founder and, for 21 years, a writer and performer in The Kinsey Sicks, America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, a career which included an Off-Broadway show, thousands of appearances in 42 states and abroad, 8 albums and 2 films. Irwin's sermons and essays can be found on his Itzik's Well blog, at irwinkeller.com

* Cover photo from the
Crawford Wayne Barton collection (#1993-11)

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