The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (SFCVB) and the City of San Francisco are celebrating the announcement from the California Supreme Court that same-sex couples are officially allowed to marry in the state of California.
“San Francisco is proud to welcome gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender couples to the first city in the United States to perform same-sex marriages and the only state in the U.S. where everyone has a constitutional right to marry,” said Joe D’Alessandro, SFCVB president & CEO. “We encourage visitors to celebrate the freedom to marry in San Francisco – where LGBT history continues to be made.”
Massachusetts allows same-sex couples to marry but couples there must remain residents of that state.
Supporters of same-sex marriage are encouraged to attend a “celebration of love and family” at the San Francisco LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., at 5 p.m. this evening.
San Francisco is the #1 gay-friendly destination in the U.S. and Canada, by a 19 percent margin, according to The Travel Industry Association (TIA) 2006 Travel Survey. The city has long been known for its values of acceptance and respect for the rights of the individual.
With more than 1,800 members, the SFCVB is one of the largest membership-based tourism promotion agencies in the country. Tourism, San Francisco’s largest industry, generates in excess of $7.7 billion annually for the local economy.
The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau continues its LGBT tourism program in concert with title sponsor GAY.COM; Southwest Airlines, the official airline of gay and lesbian San Francisco; CityPass San Francisco; the Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA), the country’s first LGBT Chamber of Commerce; Alcatraz Cruises; and Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants.
The SFCVB business offices are located at 201Third St., Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103. The Bureau also operates the Visitor Information Center at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market St. at the corner of Powell and Market streets. For more information, call 415-391-2000 or visit OnlyInSanFrancisco.com.
Travel packages, including hotel stays, may be booked through the SFCVB at OnlyInSanFrancisco.com or by calling 800-637-5196. A link from the SFCVB home page takes visitors to the gay travel section.