More S.F. Couples Are Getting Hitched

One of the reasons: marriage equality.

Lisa Dazols and Jenni Chang stand together outside City Hall on Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings on two same-sex marriage cases. (Alex Leber/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Since the legality of same-sex marriage, San Francisco has seen a hefty bump in couples tying the knot at City Hall.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, San Francisco’s Office of the Assessor-Recorder issued a “Love Report” on Tuesday. It found a steady bump in marriages since the United States Supreme Court ruled California’s Proposition 8 — which banned same-sex marriage — as unconstitutional. 

Overall, there has been a 52 percent increase in marriages since the fiscal year 2007-2008, which processed 7,537 licenses. California’s brief initial period of same-sex marriage in June to November 2008 bumped the number of marriages the next year to 10,789 in San Francisco.

Until the historic Supreme Court ruling in 2013, the number of marriages dropped back to the 7,000s with the passing of Proposition 8. Last year, San Francisco’s annual count hit 11,419 marriages.

(Courtesy of the Office of the Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu)

“On this day of love, I like to celebrate the leadership San Francisco played in pushing for marriage equality over the last few years,” Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu says in a statement. “We’ve seen a significant increase in recorded marriages here – a sign that love is alive and well in San Francisco.”

Also in honor of Valentine’s Day, the San Francisco Department of Public Health is pushing a message to “Share the love, but not the STDs.” Cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia have increased nationwide during the past five years. But in 2016, HIV diagnosis hit a low in San Francisco since the disease was identified.

Bay Area health officials advise proper condom usage, getting vaccinated for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Human Papillomavirus, having open conversations with sexual partners and getting tested regularly even if no symptoms show.

So whether Valentine’s Day involves a date with the spouse, a booty call or something in between, those steps will make it less panic-inducing and more fun for everyone.

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