San Francisco Travel Association’s Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision on Right to Same Sex Marriage

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Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association, released the following statement on the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.

Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association, released the following statement on the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage:

“Today, our city is filled with joy. We invite everyone to come and celebrate the 45th annual Pride Celebration in San Francisco this weekend in the city where it all began.

“This decision is the culmination of a struggle that began in San Francisco on Feb. 12, 2004 when then-Mayor Gavin Newsom began issuing same-sex marriages licenses at City Hall,” D’Alessandro continued. “My husband and I will be celebrating this weekend with the thousands of people who will come to San Francisco to share in this historic moment.”

This year’s Pride Celebration will be even more festive than usual, when the whole city of San Francisco comes alive with a burst of music, dancing and excitement on the last weekend of June.

Hundreds of thousands of people will line Market Street and gather for the annual downtown parade and festival making it the largest LGBT celebration in the country. The two-day bash takes place in front of City Hall at Civic Center Plaza — the same spot where Harvey Milk addressed the crowd in 1978 during "Gay Freedom Day." Find details and a list of related events at http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/article/san-francisco-pride-equality-without-exception.

San Francisco Travel has just debuted a list and map of “45 Places That Make Us Proud” that visitors can use to explore the city’s LGBT heritage this weekend or anytime. It is now available at http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/45-pride-places.

Visitors can also find information at http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/lgbt to make the most of any trip to San Francisco.

The San Francisco Travel Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that markets the city as a leisure, convention and business travel destination. With more than 1,500 partner businesses, San Francisco Travel is one of the largest membership-based tourism promotion agencies in the country.

Tourism, San Francisco's largest industry, generated record-breaking numbers in 2014. More than 18 million people visited the destination, spending in excess of $10.67 billion. More than 87,000 jobs are supported by tourism in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Travel business offices are located at One Front St., Suite 2900, San Francisco, CA 94111.

San Francisco Travel also operates the Visitor Information Center at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market Street at the corner of Powell and Market streets. For more information, call 415-974-6900 or visit http://www.sanfrancisco.travel.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 34 international cities on 29 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport connects non-stop with 78 cities in the U.S. on 15 domestic airlines. SFO offers upgraded free Wi-Fi with no advertising. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit http://www.flysfo.com. Follow SFO on http://www.twitter.com/flysfo and http://www.facebook.com/flysfo.

American Express® is the official Card partner of the San Francisco Travel Association.

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