Scrapbooks assembled by Molly B. McKay documenting her and Davina S. Kotulski’s experience as the “poster couple” for marriage
equality rights in California, 1998-2012. This collection consists of portable document formats (PDFs) of the pages of McKay’s
22 scrapbooks of clippings, correspondence, organizational materials, and photographs relevant to the couple’s activism.
Davina S. Kotulski, Ph.D., and Molly B. McKay, J.D., met in a country-and-western bar in 1996. They decided to get married
in 1998 before family and friends, setting the date for September of that year. In June 1998, Kotulski, a clinical psychologist,
and McKay, an attorney, participated in the San Francisco Pride Parade, fully clad in wedding attire, which they would continue
to don in many civil actions to come. They ended up on the front page of the following day’s edition of the
San Francisco Examiner and would be featured on news outlets worldwide in the following fourteen years they spent together. Although both had been
marriage equality activists since 1996, this feature marked the beginning of the pair’s role as a “poster couple” for the
fight for marriage equality in California in the 2000s.
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