San Francisco Chronicle sfchronicle.com 04 May, 2021 23:45 am

Home of first same sex couple to legally wed in S.F. gets landmark status

Home of first same sex couple to legally wed in S.F. gets landmark status
The Noe Valley home that once belonged to the late lesbian activists Phyllis Lyon and Del...

Until Tuesday, the letters carved into the sidewalk were the only indication that the low-slung wooden house behind them once belonged to the late lesbian activists Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, who became the first same sex couple to be legally married in San Francisco in 2004, and 2008 when they had to do it all over again after a court ruling.But that changed after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to make the 651 Duncan Street home of “DelandPhil” — the portmanteau the couple is known by — a city landmark.” Sam Whiting is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.Lea Suzuki / The Chronicle The early meetings of the Daughters and all of the social activities where held at 651 Duncan, where members would climb a set of rickety wooden stairs, often harrowing in the howling winds, to meet in the living room with northern views across the cityscape.

The property at 651 Duncan Street was sold in September, 2020, and includes a second lot, 649 Duncan, which is vacant.“There were other homophile organizations at the time but they were mostly by and for men,” said Terry Beswick, executive director of the GLBT Historical Society.

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