Counties Scramble to Issue Same-Sex Licenses

By Brian Shields

Fri Jun 28th, 2013 5:45pm America/Los_Angeles

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OAKLAND (KRON) — Lulu and Julie Cook are the first same-sex couple to be married in Alameda County since the courts threw out Prop 8.

Across the Bay Area, county clerks are scrambling to accommodate same-sex couples after Governor Jerry Brown ordered licenses to be issued to all couples.

Alameda County opened the Wedding Room at the County Recorder Building on Madison until 5:30 p.m. Friday. KRON 4′s Haaziq Madyun reports about six couples got married before the offices closed for the weekend.

San Francisco’s City Clerk’s office is staying open until 8:00 p.m. Friday. Marriage licenses will be issued from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

No one appeared for a license before the Santa Clara County Clerk’s office closed at 4:30 p.m. Friday. The clerk’s office in San Jose will be open at 9:00 a.m. Monday.

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“The chapel doors are wide open for same-sex couples in Santa Clara County,” said President Ken Yeager, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, in a written statement. “We are ready to meet the pent-up demand.”

In Contra Costa County, the offices closed Friday afternoon before any licenses should be issued.

In San Francisco, Prop 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier were married at about 4:45 p.m. Friday. Attorney General Kamala Harris officiated.

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and KRON4.com for comprehensive coverage of the resumption of same-sex marriages in California.

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