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Thousands celebrate Prop. 8 ruling in San Francisco with march to City Hall

August 4, 2010 |  5:27 pm

Scores of happy demonstrators gathered at the corner of Market and Castro streets in the heart of gay San Francisco to celebrate and march on City Hall.

The intersection was a welter of rainbow flags, American flags and satellite trucks as the Lesbian/Gay Freedom band assembled. Historic street cars rumbled by as happy demonstrators waved signs declaring “We all deserve the freedom to marry.”

The Gay Men’s Chorus was expected to sing, and volunteers were busy handing out song sheets, which included the words, “We will Repeal Prop. 8,” sung to the tune of Queen's “We will Rock You” as well as “What the World Needs Now is Love” by Burt Bacharach.

Mary Roth, 52, and Lori Castles, 53, of Alameda carried a sign showing a photo of them on their wedding day at City Hall in July 2008. They are among the 18,000 same-sex couples whose marriages are still recognized in the state, and they were “thrilled” about Wednesday’s decision.

They had celebrated a civil union in Vermont and were married in Massachussets and San Francisco.

Said Castles: “To me, it’s just a basic human right, that we deserve the right to marry. The opposing argument were just flawed -- that marriage is for people to procreate and rear children. “

Said Roth, her partner of 25 years: “A 50% divorce rate? What are they trying to protect?”

Sister Moralee D’Klined of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence -- an activist drag troupe -- planned to march on City Hall in her 4-inch heels, “to celebrate the fact that we’re taking a step closer to a result we’ve been fighting for for a very longtime.” D’Klined is an insurance salesman in his day job.

Sympathizers poured out of the BART station carrying signs, while commuters honked their horns.

-- Maria L. La Ganga in San Francisco