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"He didn't say a word." Apart from a shared passion for social-justice causes, there was little that set apart the Lowes from other young couples of their generation.

Delia Douglas’ experience growing up has been different from the rest of her schoolmates.

"With that kiss, we both knew, 'Oh, boy, this is big.' I knew that my whole life was going to change because I knew I was in love with him." Jeanne Tobey was white. Boarding a train at the West Oakland station, they headed north through Oregon and across the Columbia River to Vancouver, Wash., where a friend had helped arrange a visit to the county clerk's office.

"The justice of the peace was just as nice as he could be," said Jeanne Lowe, who turned 80 this year.

And unlike many other states, California would not prosecute the returning newlyweds under anti-miscegenation laws that governed what race could mix with another -- just as long as they got married someplace else.

At a wedding celebration back home, Bill's family, who hosted, was welcoming. Their gifts were those of modest households living in a difficult time: an alarm clock and handmade ashtrays, a blanket from her parents, a used toaster.

"He was tall, for one," said Rosina Watson, recalling what attracted her to her husband. And he was a good dancer, and I liked to dance." Growing up in a Spanish-speaking family that had lived in New Mexico for generations, Rosina Watson said her father initially was furious she was dating a black man from Mississippi. Memories of the Perez case were suddenly revived last May when the California Supreme Court overturned the state's same-sex marriage ban, using the Perez decision as a key precedent.

Voters later overrode much of that decision with November's Proposition 8 by eliminating the right of same-sex couples to marry.

The state's midcentury interracial marriage pioneers, including Jeanne Lowe and the Watsons, have been largely absent from the debate, though they do have opinions about it.

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