Official: California gay weddings a go for some

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Same-sex couples in some California counties will be able to marry in a matter of weeks.

The president of the state's county clerks association says clerks will be authorized to hand out marriage licenses as soon as Saturday, June 14th.

That's exactly 30 days after the California Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage should be legal. The court's decisions typically take effect after 30 days.

It'll be up to each county clerk to decide whether to open their offices to gay and lesbian couples on that Saturday or to wait until the following Monday. Some counties hope to accommodate couples at the earliest possible date, depending on staffing and demand.

But an effort is under way to stay the California Supreme Court's decision until voters can decide the issue with a November referendum. A proposed measure would overrule the justices' decision and amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage.


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