Straight couples dressed
in tuxedoes and pastel-colored gowns were forced to wait in a hallway
outside the San Francisco recorder's office on Tuesday as 10 Bay Area
Christian leaders sat in a circle inside singing ''We Shall Overcome,''
''Chapel of Love,'' and ''We Shall Not Be Moved.'' It has become an
annual Valentine's Day protest of the city's inability to give marriage
licenses to same-sex couples, an authority that is on hold until appeals
of a court's decision to strike down California's gay marriage ban are
''We're just going to
keep knocking at the door until justice is available to all people,''
the Rev. Karen Oliveto, a Methodist pastor of San Francisco's Glide
Memorial Church, said after sheriff's deputies handcuffed her and her
fellow protesters and led them to jail.
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