A sad day... Del Martin died

jeff's picture

Sent from the No on 8 campaign:

"Today, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community lost an iconic leader and a beloved friend. Del Martin, 87, passed away in San Francisco with Phyllis Lyon, her lifelong partner and spouse, by her side. Del was one of the nation's first and most visible lesbian rights activists who dedicated her life to combating homophobia, sexism, violence and racism. Del's many contributions to the LGBT movement will resonate for decades to come.

Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon were the first gay or lesbian couple to be legally married in Northern California, on June 16, 2008 after 55 years together.

As was her wish, in lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to honor Del's life and commitment by defeating the California marriage ban. To make a gift, please click here:


With Del's passing, we mourn the loss of a champion not only for LGBT rights, but also for the basic human rights due to all people. Del will always be an inspiration to those of us who follow the path to equality she blazed. We sincerely thank her for this final, selfless contribution to the rights that she and Phyllis fought so long for.

Del, we will miss you.


Dale Kelly Bankhead
Campaign Manager
No On 8, Equality For All"

Icarus's picture

i'm glad they were able to

i'm glad they were able to be married before she passed. we hold this joy for them with a heavy heart, as an icon passes on.

rest in peace del.

Leave you alone for FIVE MINUTES!

Kkid28's picture

RIP Del!

Thank you for paving the road so one day my girlfriend and I could get married. You will be greatly missed.
thank you for all you have done

“In order to meet the challenge, you have to have that support,”
Jackie Joyner-Kersee

jeff's picture


You can hear an interview with Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon talk about being lesbian in the 40s and 50s on Fresh Air from NPR:


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