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SF mayor named Long Beach gay parade marshal

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is political grand marshal for the 26th annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade.

Long Beach Pride administrative director Carl Highshaw says Newsom was picked for his efforts at getting gay marriage on the national stage. Newsom is revered by same-sex marriage advocates who see him as a civil rights leader.

The parade is May 17 at 10:30 a.m.

Robin Tyler and Dianne Olson, the first lesbian couple to bring a legal challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban, are parade grand marshals.

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Information from: Press-Telegram

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