Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon / Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Today we mourn the death of Del Martin, 87, who died today in San Francisco, California. Martin and Phyllis Lyon, her partner of 55 years, became the first legally married same-sex couple in the State of California on June 16, 2008. In 1955, the couple joined six other lesbians in founding the Daughters of Bilitis in San Francisco, the first lesbian rights organization in the nation. Read the obituary from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
There's also reason to celebrate, though, if you visit your local supermarket, where you'll find exclusive, heart-warming photos of the wedding of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi gracing the cover of the latest issue of PEOPLE MAGAZINE.
Click here to view the photos now, but please pick up the issue of PEOPLE to read the article and show your thanks for PEOPLE putting lesbian love in front of every person in America.