June 26, 2013 – As the streets of San Francisco rang with celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of same-sex marriage, Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association, gave this statement:

“San Francisco is where marriage equality began in 2004 and, through the legal ups and downs, we have been a beloved location for weddings, commitment ceremonies and honeymoons ever since.”

“San Francisco looks forward to hosting weddings and celebrations for all loving couples. There is no city more romantic than ours. People from all over the world recognize the values that we have always stood for and today’s decision confirms those so-called ‘San Francisco values’ of understanding and acceptance. We hope some of those couples who were married here in 2004 will come back soon for their 10th anniversary and we look forward to welcoming many more.”

The San Francisco Travel Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that markets the city as a leisure, convention and business travel destination. With more than 1,500 partner businesses, San Francisco Travel is one of the largest membership-based tourism promotion agencies in the country. Tourism, San Francisco's largest industry, generates in excess of $8.9 billion annually for the local economy and supports over 74,000 jobs.

The San Francisco Travel business offices are located at 201 Third St., Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103. San Francisco Travel also operates the Visitor Information Center at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market Street at the corner of Powell and Market streets. For more information, call 415-974-6900 or visit www.sanfrancisco.travel.

The Gay Travel section of the website can be found at http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/lgbt.

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