A man waiting in line to get married at City Hall, San Francisco, February 14, 2004. His fun hat said "Groom to Be"
Two men who were marriage during the second week of the marriage rebellion
Television personality Rosie O'Donnell after her marriage at City Hall, San Francisco
Members of Westboro Baptist Church, Topeka, Kansas, being viewed by Dorothy Gale, of Kansas (who has good witch protection)
Stuart Sanders, who, along with his partner, were about to get married at City Hall in San Francisco when the court order came to cease the marriages
In February 2004, Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco declared that same sex couples could obtain marriage licenses and get married in the city.
Immediately hopeful couples flocked to San Francisco, at first mostly locals but within a week there were people from around the country flying, driving, and otherwise coming here in order to get married.
Sutro Tower Video was there (filming without tripod unfortunately), documenting the daily activities inside and outside of San Francisco city hall, and not just the marriages but also the protestors (mostly right-wing zealot Christians), the politicians, and the spectrum of the circus that became the seat of government in San Francisco for a few weeks.
Although personally I am not a fan of marriage for ANYBODY at all, it was genuinely heartening to see so many happy faces during the times I went to City Hall, and it was a good learning experience in terms of civic activity and also video making (I had a new digital camera at the time).
"So, do you think that the way you live or the way Dorothy lived in 'The Wizard of Oz' is more representative of Kansas?"
—Dennis to the Westboro Baptist Church representatives
"They anticipate doing 600 [marriages] today."
—Sheriff Department Deputy
"Don't worry, we will marry you today!"
—Mabel Teng, City Assessor
"This is the truth, you're going to answer to God! Filled with lust!"
—some Pennsylvania religious group fundamentalist
"In Topeka, Kansas, they [Westboro Baptist Church] are known as crackpots."
—Don from East Bay
Videos with an asterisk (*) are available for viewing courtesy of the Internet Archive.
The Detaxilification of Quemalt Aite (1992)
(sketched out: never produced)
The Last Time Dennis Saw Iowa (2005)
(see also: "Red Meat and Red Jell-O")
►A San Francisco Valentine: The Marriage Rebellion of 2004 (2004)
Sturm in der Deutschstunde (1992)
A Tour of San Francisco (1987)
(the very first "movie")