Storms are coming...

Behind The News
June 16, 2008 1:30:27 PM PDT
It's not really right to complain about the nasty weather we've been having -- what with the deadly storms and flooding and tornadoes that have ravaged the Midwest. But it does seem a little strange -- the weather we've been having. And it seems a tad early in the season for these thunderstorms that have flooded streets and toppled trees and downed power lines. Lee Goldberg is tracking the storms that are moving through our area tonight -- storms that included at one point this afternoon a tornado warning in Sullivan County. And we're sending Lucy Yang out to keep an eye on any storm damage for our 11 p.m. newscast.

Also at 11, they're making history in California tonight. The first batch of same-sex marriages -- happening tonight out West. California will become the second state to allow same-sex marriages -- the first to marry same-sex couples who don't reside in the state.

The first couple to get hitched in San Francisco - the Ground Zero for the same-sex boom that's expected in California -- will be two elderly women - Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, who were described on the wire today as having fallen in love "at a time when lesbians risked being arrested, fired from the jobs and sent to electroshock treatment."

That was more than 50 years ago. My how times have changed. Tonight, Lyon, 84, and Martin, 87, will tie the knot at a private ceremony at City Hall, where Mayor Gavin Newsom will officiate.

How much of a "flood" of same-sex marriages will there be in California? And what's the impact, especially in this Presidential election year, across the country? We'll explore those questions, tonight at 11.

And call it a sign of the times: They're lining up at the new IKEA store in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn - lining up for a chance to win a $400 IKEA couch. The "blue box" might have a significant impact on the economy of Red Hook, and we're at this new mega store tonight at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.