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.