Tuesday, June 17, 2008

New Beginnings

We can break the cycle - We can break the chain
We can start all over - In the new beginning
We can learn, we can teach
We can share the myths, the dream, the prayer
The notion that we can do better
Change our lives and paths
Create a new world

- Tracy Chapman, New Beginning

This morning, couples across California are celebrating new beginnings, as the state begins issuing marriage licenses - in all 58 counties - to same-sex couples.

Yesterday, in a moment more than 50 years in the making, Del Martin, 87, and Phyllis Lyon, 84 (pictured) were married in San Francisco by Mayor Gavin Newsom. And whether you've ever met Del and Phyllis, or you've just seen their photos in the papers or online, you couldn't help but feel, somewhere inside you, that you were there celebrating the half-century strong couple who Mayor Newsom rightly praised as "an extraordinary couple who have fought so long for the right that so many of us, quite honestly, take for granted."

All of us at PFLAG join Del, Phyllis and the countless couples across California in celebrating, at long last, equality for our relationships, our families and the ones we love.

And, on this day of new beginnings, we're also excited to welcome you to PFLAG's new and improved home in the blogosphere. We're working hard to make our online community as welcoming, friendly and easy-to-use as possible. And we're committed to keeping our supporters, allies and visitors up-to-date, right here, with the latest news and information about our work, together, to move equality forward.

In the coming days, you'll see continued improvements on our website and our blog. And we hope you will part of the conversation as we celebrate extraordinary progress, like we've seen today in California, and continue to lay the groundwork for full equality for every family . . . from Massachusetts to California, and every community in-between.

- Steve Ralls

photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez

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