Friday, May 16, 2008

NEWS: Los Angeles and Orange County Prepare to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Despite a California Supreme Court ruling Thursday that a state ban on same-sex marriages is illegal, couples still must wait at least 30 days before the law takes effect.

To certify a same-sex marriage is legal, counties in California must create new forms that are approved by the state.

Los Angeles County Supervisors have already ordered city officials to begin preparations to comply with the California Supreme Court's decision. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said he wants the county to be ready to move as soon as possible. He asked that a timeline for implementing the court order be reported to the Board of Supervisors as early as next week. Read a more complete report from the LOS ANGELES TIMES.

Meanwhile, in Orange County, same-sex couples are urged to apply for a license online, but the clerk-recorder's office is also unable to accomodate walk-up same-sex marriages for at least 30 days. Please see this article in the OC REGISTER.

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