Local Weddings: Cable-Bolina Wedding

Ben Cable and Marcial McCarthy Bolina

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Ben Cable married his partner of 23 years, Marcial McCarthy Bolina. The couple exchanged vows in a small private ceremony at City Hall. Katherine J. Sirota officiated.

Cable and Bolina were the first couple to challenge California’s ban on same-sex marriage. When the Los Angeles County Clerk denied them a marriage license in February 1993, they filed suit with the Second District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles.

Their case ultimately went before the California Supreme Court, which denied review. At that time, same-gender relationships were not legal in any state.

The couple live in Alameda with their two small dogs.