State: Gay Marriage Will Begin on June 17th in California

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

San Francisco (AP) California officials are telling county clerks that they can start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on June 17th.

The state office of vital records says it chose June 17th because the state supreme court has until the end of business on June 16th to decide whether to grant a stay of its ruling
legalizing gay marriage.

Gay rights advocates and some clerks initially thought couples would be able to wed as early as June 14 exactly 30 days after the court's May 15th ruling.

New marriage license forms also will include lines for “Party A” and “Party B” instead of bride and groom.

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