Local Gay Marriage Pioneer Raising Funds for Treatment

Courtesy photo  Ben and Marcial Cable live in Alameda.

Local Gay Marriage Pioneer Raising Funds for Treatment


A GoFundMe account was established last week to support gay rights activist Marcial Bolina Cable in his fight against cancer.

With symptoms of confusion, short-term memory loss and a shuffled walk, Cable, 53, went for a check-up at Kaiser Permanente Oakland on June 7. Marcial was immediately hospitalized for multiple brain tumors. 

Cable remained hospitalized for a month. Preliminary diagnosis after a brain biopsy was non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Marcial is undergoing regular chemotherapy in Redwood City. 

Marcial lives with his husband of 25 years in Alameda. Marcial and Ben Cable received national attention when they were denied a marriage license in Los Angeles and sued the state of California for the right to get married in 1993. The case Cable-McCarthy v. Los Angeles City Clerk was denied review in a one sentence ruling. 

A crowdfunding account was set up by Marcial’s family to help offset out-of-pocket payments, cancer treatment and transportation costs. Family and friends of Marcial Cable donated 10 percent of the $9,000 goal in the first 10 days. 

Donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/cable.