Marriage Freedom Celebrated At SF Gay Pride Parade

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Revelers are celebrating their newfound freedom to marry at San Francisco's 38th annual gay pride parade as the day's festivities got under way with a matrimonial touch.

Members of the lesbian motorcycle group Dykes on Bikes wore bridal veils and wedding gowns and tossed bouquets as they led Sunday's parade down Market Street. Some of the motorcycles were adorned with signs that read "Just Married."

The county clerk's office was busy Friday handing out marriage licenses and handling wedding ceremonies. Same-sex marriage has been legal in California since June 16th, after a state Supreme Court decision.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom received ovations as he passed along the route for his role in working to overturn the state's gay marriage ban.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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