February 20, 2004

Say it With Flowers


As you probaby are aware, the city of San Francisco is granting marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Over 3,000 couples have had their unions sanctioned by the city since Mayor Gavin Newsom gave the go-ahead about two weeks ago. While I'm not sure how effective this will be in moving the country closer to full rights for gays and lesbians - it might serve mostly to galvanize conservative activists - there is something heartening about seeing people lined up for hours and hours through notoriously fickle San Francisco weather in order to affirm their commitments.

Apparently, people are calling flower shops in the Bay Area and having them deliver flowers to couples standing in line at City Hall. You'll find a little more info here and here. I don't know much about flowers - that's my bride's domain - but L and I think this is a great idea. All you have to do is call a local flower shop, pay for an arrangement, write a nice message and ask them to deliver it to anyone standing in line. It seems that most flower shops are willing to comply.

I called Mariner Flowers in San Francisco and was told that their phone hasn't stopped ringing since yesterday afternoon. They worked late last night and even have extra people on hand to keep up with the orders, although the demand has still yet to keep up with the number of people flocking to City Hall. You can contact Mariner at 1-800-797-7744 or do a Google search for other shops in the area.

I usually think donating money to legal organizations is the best way to fight for change, but have to admit that with all the news coverage of this event, sending flowers is a great way to show the country that, yes, even a lot of straight people in committed relationships support gay marriage.

Thanks, Alison, for pointing this out.

Posted by The Groom at February 20, 2004 01:28 PM

You can find more about this at


Posted by: The Groom at February 20, 2004 05:19 PM

This is a fantastic idea.

Posted by: Lara at February 20, 2004 08:30 PM

Did you hear that SF made a new forms for same sex couples that Sacramento is having issue with? It says "first applicant," "second applicant," or something like that on the marriage license instead of "bride" and "groom." The problem is that when opposite sex couples went to get their marriage license from SF they gave them the "old" form!! They missed the whole point. Everyone should get first applicant, second applicant form or else change is not being made, and everyone is NOT being treated equally!!

Posted by: jt at February 23, 2004 11:03 AM