Gay Marriage California, Same-Sex Marriage
PLEASE NOTE: The ruling below was placed on hold until a December ruling by the California Appellate Court. Please check back soon.. Same-sex marriages in Los Angeles County will not be considered legal at this time.
Pursuant to the California Supreme Court's ruling, as of June 17, 2008, same sex couples will enjoy the same right to marry that was previously limited to male-female couples. Proposition 8, which was a popular vote which made it illegal for same-sex weddings, was overruled and gay weddings will again be legal in California beginng on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 at 5pm.
Thus, all couples of any gender who otherwise satisfy the requirements to qualify for marriage may acquire a California marriage license and can be married in the state of California.
The revised marriage license now identifies the separate individuals who will be married as "Party A" and "Party B" in place of the previous "Groom" and "Bride" identification. At this time gay weddings are considered legal in California. The marriage license can be issued by a specialized notary anywhere within Los Angeles County or it can be obtained by waiting in line at the Los Angeles County Clerk Recorder.
Parties who have entered into a State Register Domestic Partnership must provide proof of termination, if the termination occurred within the last two years or less. If the termination was more than two years, written proof may not be required, but the date of the termination must be provided at the same time the license is requested.
Click on Gay Marriage to find out how to get married in California.
Parties marrying the same partner, who each entered into a State Register Domestic Partnership must present a copy of the Declaration of Domestic Partnership.