July 28, 2014
The president of the California county clerks association says the state plans to allow same-sex couples to wed as soon as Saturday, June 14.
Stephen Weir says he was told by the Office of Vital Records that clerks will be authorized to hand out licenses on that date. That's exactly 30 days after the California Supreme Court ruled to strike down the state's gay marriage ban.
The justices' decisions typically take effect after 30 days, barring further legal action. An effort, however, is under way to get an initiative on the November ballot that would overrule the Supreme Court's decision and amend the constitution to ban gay marriage.
Some county clerks' offices are open on Saturdays, including Contra Costa County, where Weir also serves as the clerk-recorder. He and his partner of 18 years hope to be the first ones to tie the knot there.