While couples decked out white dresses and tuxedos descended upon City Hall for Valentine's Day nuptials, a parade of LGBT advocates crowded the clerk's office, fighting for the right to someday celebrate their own. Religious leaders, gay rights activist and same-sex couples gathered at City Hall in honor of "Freedom to Marry Month." Protestors celebrated Valentine's Day by asking city officials to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Valentine's Day protest has taken place annually since 1999. It falls under "Freedom to Marry Month," a nation-wide campaign to end federal marriage discrimination. Last year, eight individuals were detained after staging a peaceful protest. This year, 13 couples were detained and released without charges. Across the country, same-sex couples in states such as Washington D.C. and Florida also took part in the protests, waiting at City Hall to request marriage licenses. Though gay marriage is undoubtedly a national issue, Supervisor David Campos reminded the crowd of San Francisco's responsibility to lead the way. Last month, Campos introduced legislation asking voters to rename the San Francisco International Airport after Harvey Milk. The change would make the city's airport the first in the country to bare the name of an openly LGBT official.
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