Bay Area churches opened door to same-sex vows

San Francisco Chronicle
June 14, 2008

Bay Area priests began blessing the partnerships of gay and lesbian couples at least three decades ago, but often in clandestine gatherings... "What some churches and faith communities here in the Bay Area have helped to do is show that social justice for LGBT people is part of a broader social justice commitment for all," said the Rev. Jay Johnson, senior director for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion in Berkeley.