Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 34 / 21 August 2014
 
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Web teaser: This week's announcements feature Seth Lawrence and Scot Hammond; Jeffrey Falk and Coy Stout; Molly McKay and Davina Kotulski; and Dennis Vaughn and Mark Petty

Seth Lawrence and Scot Hammond

Seth Lawrence and Scot Hammond were married on July 6 at 2:30 p.m. at their San Francisco home by Eli Nealy, an interfaith clergyman from New York.

The wedding and reception was attended by 25 guests.

Mr. Lawrence, 64, is originally from Brooklyn, New York where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, in English literature and theater-stage direction. He has a long history in the early gay rights movement, acting as president of the Gay Activists Alliance and chairman of the Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee 1979, 10th anniversary of Stonewall.

He settled in San Francisco in 1980 and has been manager of two prominent travel agencies including Now, Voyager.

Mr. Hammond, 46, a Bay Area native, grew up in Albany and fled to San Francisco the day after he received his bachelor's degree in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley. His career has focused on AIDS research, and he has been a clinical research analyst at the University of California at San Francisco for 10 years including his present position.

Mr. Hammond was one of the original spokesmodels for HIV Stops With Me, a prevention/intervention campaign widely seen on television, newspapers and billboards.

The couple has been together 14 years. They have traveled extensively, including trips to Egypt, Thailand, Scotland, France, Italy and Greece. They are renowned in their circle of friends for having been married, civil unionized and domestic partnered five times in San Francisco, Vermont, and Amsterdam.

They have always said, "We'll keep doing 'it' until they get it right."

The couple will be honeymooning on the Big Island of Hawaii at the end of the September. Their two beloved, rescued greyhounds, Chaucer and Emma, will be vacationing with friends in San Francisco.

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Jeffrey Falk and Coy Stout

Jeffrey Scott Falk and Coy Albert Stout II of Moss Beach, California were married at their home along the San Mateo County coast on Sunday, July 20 at 2 p.m. before a small gathering of friends and neighbors from San Francisco, the coastal community, Pennsylvania, New York, and Washington, DC.

The Rev. Terry Plank of Moss Beach officiated. Mr. Kenneth Umbenhauer of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Mr. William Johnston of Astoria, Queens, New York served as best men and escorted the couple's rescued ex-racing greyhounds, Chico and Lux.

Tropical flowers from Repetto's Greenhouse in Half Moon Bay set the casual scene in the couple's back yard. The grooms wore shirts by Ted Baker and Armani. A reception immediately followed in the couple's home, with a unique cake designed by Elegant Cheesecakes in Princeton-by-Sea that appeared to be a bottle of champagne bearing the couple's name and the vintage "1994" set in a silver chocolate bucket surrounding layers of champagne-flavored cake, chantilly cream, and fresh berries.

Mr. Falk and Mr. Stout relocated to the Bay Area from Baltimore, Maryland in 2005 after Mr. Stout, 38, received a promotion to senior director of national accounts at Gilead Sciences, located in Foster City.

Mr. Falk, 47, a social worker with an accomplished career in HIV/AIDS services and mental health, met Mr. Stout more than 14 years ago in 1994 when both men worked as HIV/AIDS case managers at the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C.

The couple vacationed in the Russian River Valley immediately before the wedding, with travel to Alabama and New York City in the month following to visit with family and friends.

Molly McKay and Davina Kotulski

Molly McKay and Davina Kotulski were married by Assemblyman Mark Leno on their twelfth anniversary before a gathering of family and friends on September 1, 2008.

The pair has been marriage equality love warriors with Marriage Equality USA for over a decade and are overjoyed that their political engagement has finally turned to legal marriage. It has been a beautiful journey and adventure so far - but we still need to work to ensure our marriages are recognized and valid nationwide. We are still denied the 1,138 federal protections of marriage so this ain't over yet!

They invite the public to come celebrate their historic steps forward coast to coast and get engaged to sustain this gain at the 5th annual Marriage Equality USA Coast to Coast Bridge walk Sunday, September 14th. Participants will meet at Crissy Field at 9:30 a.m.; and the walk across the Golden Gate Bridge starts at 10 a.m. In New York a similar walk will start across the Brooklyn Bridge at 11 a.m. Go to www.marriageequality.org for details - the event is free to participate. To donate in support of the cause go to www.firstgiving.org/davinaandmolly.

Pick up your No on 8 lawn signs, t-shirts and bumper stickers, sign up for a phone-banking shift, and bring all your friends, family and supporters. We look forward to defeating Prop 8 and all living our happily ever after together. The days of being "always the bride never the wife" are over for good! Get engaged and stay married!!

Dennis Vaughn and Mark Petty

Dennis Neal Vaughn and Mark David Petty were united in marriage in the heart of San Francisco on Saturday, August 30, 2008 at San Francisco's LGBT Center. The ceremony was officiated by long time friend of the couple, Darcy Lynn Wheeles of San Francisco and witnessed by Steven Musgrove of Colorado and Chris McCaslin of San Francisco. The couple's dog, a Patterdale Terrier named Buster "Shadow" Bear, served as ring bearer. Mr. Petty's twin nieces Ashley and Brittany served as co-hosts.

Mr. Vaughn, 49, is a former resident of Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Petty, 52, is a fifth generation San Francisco native.

The couple describes their relationship as gardeners to each other and to those who surround them. Spirituality, art, and nature form the core of their lives, which was reflected in their culturally diverse wedding service.

An original Pacific Northwest Haida banner of a bear served as a backdrop for the couple while they stood on a hand painted wedding labyrinth floor cloth created by Mr. Vaughn who is a professional artist and filmmaker. They sealed their vows with traditional Gaelic Claddagh wedding rings and a Maori greeting between men known as "the sharing of a breath of life."

Following the service and reception the couple donated all of their floral wedding arrangements to the Del Martin Memorial at the LGBT Center.






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