Pioneer Activist Dies

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    Lesbian rights pioneer Del Martin, whose trailblazing activism spanned more than five decades, most recently in the battle for same-sex marriage, died Wednesday, just two months after she made history again by wedding her longtime partner in San Francisco City Hall. Ms. Martin, an author and organizer, died at UCSF Hospice after a long period of declining health. She was 87 and was admitted to the hospital nearly two weeks ago with a broken arm.

    Ms. Martin's crusading began in 1955, during an era in America known more for social conformity than for rebellion, when she co-founded a lesbian social-turned-political organization, Daughters of Bilitis, named after a 19th century book of lesbian love poetry.

    This year, on June 16, she and her partner of 55 years, Phyllis Lyon, were legally wed. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom officiated. Theirs was among the first same-sex nuptials in California.


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    How sad! She led a full and great life. Peace to her wife, family, and friends. I'm sure she was an inspiration to many over the decades.
     
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    Its nice to see a life's long work hasn't been in vain.....
     
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    I agree I think it so sad that they only had such a short time together as a marry couple. But sometimes life just is not fair.
     
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