SCOTUS Ruling Prompts Surge in Los Angeles Gay Marriage
By City News Service
Published July 11, 2013

Business was brisk at Los Angeles County Clerk’s offices on Monday July 1, as same-sex couples scrambled to get married, with the blessing of the federal court system. According to Dean Logan, the county registrar-recorder/county clerk, more than 500 couples completed online marriage license applications since 4 p.m. Friday, when a federal appeals court lifted a stay and allowed same-sex weddings to resume in California. The decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals came two days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that proponents of Proposition 8 — which banned same-sex weddings in California — did not have legal standing to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the measure was unconstitutional.

¬†Anticipating a crush of same-sex couples anxious to wed, the main Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office in Norwalk remained open until 7 p.m. July 1 and 2. A long line of people showed up at the start of business Monday. Logan himself officiated over the first same-sex ceremony of the day at the office.

In West Hollywood, members of the City Council and other officials were temporarily deputized to perform same-sex marriages. The officials presided over ceremonies from 1 to 7 p.m. at the council chamber at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. The city was even providing a free shuttle between the council chamber at the county Registrar-Recorder’s office in Beverly Hills so people could obtain licenses. In Long Beach, Mayor Bob Foster plans to preside over a same-sex ceremony at Harvey Milk Park.

On June 29, a group of conservative legal experts filed an emergency request asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the same-sex weddings because its decision to not uphold voter-approved Proposition 8, is not legally final during the 25-day period when parties to the case can ask for reconsideration.



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