O.C. to issue same-sex marriage licenses on Monday, not Saturday


The Orange County clerk-recorder will not be open Saturday to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

The office will begin performing gay marriages Monday, during its normal business hours. The Times incorrectly reported that the clerk-recorder would open its Santa Ana, Fullerton and Laguna Hills offices Saturday to meet high demand.

They will be open an extra day on Saturday, July 27, in response to public demand.

Orange County will be prepared to issue same-sex licenses at its normal business hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the main offices in Santa Ana, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at branch offices, an office spokeswoman said.


Los Angeles County also plans to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses during normal business hours Monday.

San Francisco and Sacramento kept their county offices open into the evening Friday to accommodate demand from same-sex couples who are now able to wed for the first time since 2008.

The San Francisco county clerk’s office said it would be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to issue marriage licenses and perform ceremonies for anyone wishing to marry. It may be one of the only counties in the state open to process applications over the weekend.

Same-sex marriages in California resumed Friday when a federal appeals court lifted a hold on a 2010 injunction, sparking jubilation among gays and accusations of lawlessness from the supporters of Proposition 8, California’s ban on gay marriage that was essentially nullified when the Supreme Court rejected an appeal of a lower court ruling that it was unconstitional.

In a surprise action, a federal appeals court cleared the way for weddings to commence, bypassing a normal waiting period and lifting a hold on the trial judge’s order that had declared the proposition unconstitutional.

The news came in a single, legalistic sentence Friday afternoon from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.


“The stay in the above matter is dissolved immediately,” a three-judge panel wrote.

Gov. Jerry Brown told county clerks they could begin marrying same-sex couples immediately, launching plans for ceremonies up and down the state. The two same-sex couples who filed the federal lawsuit against Proposition 8 headed to the city halls in Los Angeles and San Francisco to tie the knot, ending their long fight to become legal spouses.


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