compiled by Cynthia Laird
This week's announcements include Pete Woods and William Bulmahn; Kate Evans and Annie Tobin; Daniel Barber and Keith Rasmussen; Donald Ridone and Gary Palm; and Ronald Steigerwalt and Michael Carson.
Pete Woods and William Bulmahn
Pete Woods and William (Billy) Bulmahn were married on their 12th anniversary on July 24 at 3 p.m. by Bernice Frucht in front of the Harvey Milk bust in San Francisco City Hall. In attendance were Mr. Bulmahn's sister Bonnie Miguel of San Mateo and good friends Carla Ayala and Alicia Parks, both of San Francisco. The beautiful rotunda in city hall was the appropriate location for this union as it was also the site of their domestic partner ceremony in March 2001 as well as their first attempt at legal marriage during the Winter of Love ceremonies in February 2004.
Mr. Bulmahn, 37, originally from upstate New York, is the store manager of DeLessio Market and Bakery in the Panhandle. Mr. Woods, 48, is a native Californian and is employed by Ikon Office Solutions in the law offices of DLA Piper in Mission Bay. Prior to their current jobs, the couple ran the former Ritz Camera on the corner of 18th and Castro for several years.
A honeymoon is planned for the fall back to Mr. Bulmahn's hometown to celebrate this marriage with other family, including his parents, Jim and Virginia Bulmahn and brother Jimmy Bulmahn.
Kate Evans and Annie Tobin
After 14 years of partnership, Kate (Kathleen) Evans and Annie (Susanne) Tobin of San Jose legally married on July 27 on a boat in Monterey Bay near Santa Cruz in the company of family and friends. Mary Beth Campbell of Santa Cruz performed the ceremony. A reception celebration and dinner followed at Ristorante Italiano.
A native of San Jose, Ms. Tobin, 49, is an art teacher at Gilroy High School and is working on a master's of fine arts degree in creative writing at San Jose State University. She is the daughter of the late Murial Tobin.
Ms. Evans, 45, was born in Auburn, California, and is the daughter of Arlene Evans of Pleasanton and the late Don Evans. A novelist and poet, Ms. Evans received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington and teaches at San Jose State University.
The couple will honeymoon in the summer of 2009 on the big island of Hawaii.
Keith Rasmussen and Daniel Barber
Keith G. Rasmussen and Daniel P. Barber were married on August 8 at 8:08 p.m. in the back yard of their home in San Francisco. The ceremony was officiated by Dori Vakis of San Francisco, their longtime friend, and witnessed by friends Richard Brandi of San Francisco and Rick Jackson of Laguna Beach. Forty-seven friends and extended family attended the wedding, which raised over $3,000 for Equality California to defeat Proposition 8 on the November ballot.
Mr. Barber, 58 and Mr. Rasmussen, 56, met 27 and a half years ago on a rainy Sunday afternoon at the old Midnight Sun on Castro Street on February 8, 1981. They have lived together since August 8, 1981 and have been domestic partners since San Francisco's DP ordinance in 1991. When California began registration of domestic partners in 2002 they re-confirmed their commitment to each other.
Mr. Barber was born in Washington, D.C. and is retired from a 27-year career at Pacific Gas and Electric Co., where he was also president of PG&E's PrideNetwork. Mr. Rasmussen was born in Hackensack, New Jersey and is retired from a 30-year career in respiratory care at several Bay Area hospitals, most recently as manager at Kaiser Permanente-San Francisco, where he also served as chair of KP Pride-Northern California, and co-chair of the caucus of KP Pride.
The couple now spends time at their homes in San Francisco and Palm Springs, and enjoy frequent vacation travel.
Donald Ridone and Gary Palm
Donald C. Ridone and Gary J. Palm, both of San Francisco, were married Friday, July 25 in a civil ceremony in the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael. Michael J. Smith, Marin county clerk and commissioner of civil marriages, officiated. Prior to their wedding, the couple had been domestic partners for more than 33 years.
Mr. Ridone, 55, and Mr. Palm, 67, decided to hold their wedding in Marin because of their longtime affection for the county and the fact that the Civic Center was designed by their favorite architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.
The couple met on March 22, 1975 at the City disco in San Francisco and fell in love immediately. Mr. Palm proposed to Mr. Ridone on his birthday that May, they went through a brief engagement period, and Mr. Ridone moved into Mr. Palm's Sausalito home as his domestic partner on Labor Day. They moved to San Francisco in 1978 so that Mr. Ridone could complete his college education at San Francisco State University. They are members of the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club.
Mr. Ridone was born and raised in the East Bay and graduated Cum Laude from SFSU in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in speech and communications. He is currently the office manager for Connections, a San Francisco communications company and answering service. He is an award-winning amateur photographer.
Mr. Palm was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism and philosophy from the University of Minnesota and a juris doctor with honors from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. He was admitted to the California bar in 1974. He was a hospice volunteer at the former Garden Sullivan hospital in San Francisco between 1987-1991, and volunteered at the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center at the Main Library.
Ronald Steigerwalt and Michael Carson
Ronald Wayne Steigerwalt and Michael Paul Carson were married on Sunday, August 10 at First Lutheran Church in San Diego. The Reverend Wilk Miller officiated.
Mr. Carson, 54, is a San Francisco native and met Mr. Steigerwalt, 52 and a Pennsylvania native, in Golden Gate Park on October 26, 1978. Mr. Steigerwalt had recently arrived in San Francisco for graduate school at UCSF. Soon to come were the assassinations of then-Mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk, Jonestown, and the founding of the LGBT bands and choruses.
Mr. Steigerwalt received his doctorate in toxicology from UCSF in 1984. The couple lived in San Francisco for many years as well as five other states before winding up in their final home, Palm Springs, (a.k.a.: little San Francisco). Mr. Carson is a travel agent and Mr. Steigerwalt is principal scientist at Amylin in San Diego.
After domestic partnerships in Washington, D.C. and California their marriage was icing-on-the-wedding-cake as they prepare to celebrate their 30th anniversary in October. One event will be a benefit concert they are hosting starring Sam Harris. Maybe long-term relationships are genetic. Both of their now-deceased parents were married over 50 years. The couple has every intention of following in their footsteps.