On Saturday evening at the Alfred E.
Clarke Mansion in San Francisco, gay activist Matthew Foreman married
long-time partner Francisco Adex De Leon, announced The New York
Times in the Sunday edition of Weddings/Celebrations.
Matthew Foreman, 53, is best known for
the five years he served as the Executive Director of the National
Gay and Lesbian Task Force in New York City. He currently serves as
the director of gay and immigrant rights programs at the Evelyn &
Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, where he oversees the largest GLBT grant
program outside of gay organizations
De Leon, 46, is the owner and president
of FADesign, a graphic design house located in New York City.
Foreman and De Leon announced plans to
marry once before, in Massachusetts. According to a Los Angeles
Times report, the pair
sought a marriage license in Boston, in 2004, but then-Governor Mitt
Romney spoiled their gay wedding by enforcing an obscure law from
1913 that prohibited out-of-state couples from marrying should their
union be illegal in their home state (Gay marriage continues to be
illegal in New York State, but the State does recognize gay marriages
performed elsewhere). The prohibition against non-resident gay
couples remained in place until just recently. It was repealed in
August after California began marrying gay couples, including non
The couple have been together for 18