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Los Angeles County clerk prepares for same-sex marriage rush

Two men walk by cameras after getting married in this undated file photo.
June 26, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
County clerks offices across California are already hearing from same-sex couples who want to get their marriage licenses.

This comes after the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for same-sex marriages in the state after ruling that Proposition 8 defenders did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings.

Officials at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's office said when the courts give the go-ahead, they'll start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

"The good news is we're prepared today for this. We started this process back in 2008, prior to the passage of Prop 8. All of the technical changes, the changes in the form to non-gender references, that's all stayed intact," said Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan.

Logan says couples planning to get married will be able to come in to their offices to apply for a marriage license or they can save time by filling out the form online.

During the brief period when same-sex couples could legally wed before the passage of Prop 8, the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder's office issued hundreds of licenses in June of 2008 and performed about 1,300 civil ceremonies. Officials are preparing for another spike in wedding ceremonies.

"We will be expanding our capacity for ceremonies during the first two months of implementation. We will add additional days at our district offices. We're working on a partnership with the city of West Hollywood and the city of Long Beach," said Logan.


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