As West Hollywood awaits U.S. Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage, city officials have been talking with L.A. County officials, who issue marriage licenses, about how to handle an expected influx of marriages.
“We are hopeful to again have civil ceremonies here at the city, working with the county, [which] issues marriage licenses,” City Clerk Corey Schaffer said in an email.
About 40% of West Hollywood’s residents identify as gay or lesbian, according to city surveys. A rainbow flag flies above West Hollywood City Hall, and two crosswalks are painted with rainbow colors.
Early Wednesday, news trucks lined Santa Monica Boulevard. A sign in the window of one coffee shop read: “I Do Support Marriage Equality.” A rally -- or protest, depending on what the high court decides -- is scheduled for later in the day.
“Once the Supreme Court’s decision is issued (and if the law changes), we will have more detailed information on the city’s website, as well as a marriage information hot line available to help answer questions regarding licensing, civil ceremonies and other pertinent information,” Schaffer said.
In 2008, during the brief period when gay marriage was legal, West Hollywood Park was the host to numerous weddings.