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Counties get ready for same-sex marriages

June 12, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
County clerk offices around the state are getting ready for the rush of applicants when California starts issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples next week.West Hollywood officials and gay-rights groups held a meeting Thursday night to provide couples with information about same-sex marriages.

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It's going to be very busy next week and probably a little confusing because different counties have different procedures for issuing marriage licenses and holding weddings.

The California Supreme Court struck down the proposition that banned gay marriage last month saying it discriminated against gays. In November voters will decide on a proposed constitutional amendment that would again ban same-sex marriage.

For now the ban will be lifted on Tuesday and across the state thousands of couples are expected to apply for marriage licenses and take their vows.

Los Angeles County will start issuing marriage licenses Tuesday morning at the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk offices in Norwalk, Beverly Hills, and West Hollywood. Licenses will be issued on a first-come-first-serve basis. Appointments for civil ceremonies will also be taken at the three L.A. locations.

San Diego County already has dozens of weddings scheduled. But in Butte County in Northern California, gay or straight doesn't matter as no one will be getting married at the courthouse. The county says it has money troubles.

"It's unfortunate that our budget time is the same time as this issue came out. It all kind of collided. We would have made that decision anyway," said Butte County Clerk Recorder Candice Grubbs.

"Right now we have, I have two appointments for that day and they are starting, word is just starting to get out there that the city will be performing the service. So the calls are coming in fast and fierce at this point," said Palm Springs City Clerk Jay Thompson.

Los Angeles officials say they are making special preparations for the hundreds expected to line up to get their marriage licenses. West Hollywood will likely be the busiest location.

 

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