Young con­firms mar­riage to Han­nah. A2

The Mercury News Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Martha Ross mross@ba­yare­anews­group.com

Two months af­ter ru­mors cir­cu­lated that Neil Young had wed Daryl Han­nah in a small pri­vate cer­e­mony, the singer con­firmed the mar­riage in a very ap­pro­pri­ate way for the po­lit­i­cally ac­tive cou­ple.

The 72- year- old Bay Area singer-song­writer re­ferred to the ac­tress, 57, as “my wife Daryl” in a note on his web­site this week. The po­lit­i­cally themed note urges fans to vote in the midterm elec­tions and to sup­port the ef­forts of young peo­ple to de­mand com­mon­sense gun laws.

The note comes with a video that fea­tures a live ver­sion of Young per­form­ing the 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song “Ohio.” The note ex­plains that the song was writ­ten fol­low­ing the killing of four stu­dents at Kent State Univer­sity by mem­bers of the Ohio Na­tional Guard.

The guard had opened fire on stu­dents protest­ing the Viet­nam War. “With no real laws pro­tect­ing us from guns, and with politi­cians sup­port­ing the NRA, be­cause the NRA sup­ports them, we are not well rep­re­sented,” Young’s note reads. “To­day’s stu­dents are brave, de­mand­ing change in tur­bu­lent times.”

Young then said he and “my wife Daryl” put to­gether the video in sup­port of to­day’s stu­dents. Young is re­fer­ring to the Park­land, Florida, stu­dents who launched the #Nev­erA­gain move­ment and the March for Our Lives demon­stra­tions fol­low­ing the deaths of 17 stu­dents and staff mem­bers at Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School in Fe­bru­ary. “We stand with them,” Young’s note reads. “They are us. We are them.”

That Young and Han­nah would unite on such a cause isn’t un­usual, given that they share a pas­sion for po­lit­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal causes. They be­gan dat­ing in 2014 af­ter Young di­vorced his wife of 37 years, Pegi Young, a singer-song­writer and ac­tivist who runs the Bridge School for kids with se­vere speech and phys­i­cal im­pair­ments in Hills­bor­ough.

To­gether, Young and the “Splash” ac­tress led a march in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., in April 2014 to urge the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion to re­ject the pro­posed Key­stone XL Pipe­line.

News of their wed­ding be­gan cir­cu­lat­ing in late Au­gust when friends and fans of the rocker and the ac­tress con­grat­u­lated them on so­cial me­dia.

The Mir­ror re­ported that the cou­ple mar­ried in front of close friends in a cer­e­mony in Atas­cadero, in San Luis Obispo County, fol­low­ing an ear­lier cer­e­mony in the San Juan is­lands in Wash­ing­ton aboard his yacht.

MATT WINKELMEYER — GETTY IM­AGES FOR SXSW

Daryl Han­nah and Neil Young are seen in March at the South by South­west Con­fer­ence and Fes­ti­vals in Austin, Texas. This week Young ac­knowl­edged they are mar­ried.

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