Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Soar in South Bay - NBC Bay Area

Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Soar in South Bay



    Santa Clara County: Same Sex Weddings Begin in Earnest

    On Monday, county clerks around California were open and wedding gay and lesbian couples. One of those couples were Melissa Myers and Alana Forrest, a Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police captain, who were married in Santa Clara County. Damian Trujillo reports. (Published Monday, July 1, 2013)

    The Santa Clara County Clerk's office issued more than twice as  many marriage licenses as usual in its first day since a federal court lifted  a stay on same-sex marriages late last week.

    Santa Clara County had issued 86 marriage licenses to couples by  late afternoon Monday, more than double the average 40 licenses the county  issued on an average day before Friday's court decision, Clerk-Recorder  Regina Alcomendras said.

    County employees used walkie-talkies to communicate when the  office opened at 8 a.m. as 10 couples waited outside the entrance to the  County Government Center in San Jose, Alcomendras said.

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     "The first hour was full, but it went smoothly after that,"  Alcomendras said. "We really didn't have a flowing issue, it was just busier.  It was peaceful."

    With up to 27 license stations available, the county had given out  86 official documents to gay and straight couples by 4:15 p.m. with others  coming at the last minute before the 4:30 p.m. closing time, Alcomendras  said.

    Thirty-five couples had used the county's first-ever Express  Ceremony service, allowing them to be married by a clerk right at the  licensing station or by Board of Supervisors President Ken Yeager in his 10th  floor office, Alcomendras said.

    Yeager had performed at least 10 of the Express Marriages by about  4 p.m., including the first same-sex wedding of the day Monday morning to San  Jose residents Eva and Trish Kedar, he said.

    The clerk-recorder's office closed on Friday at 4:30 p.m. before  receiving any same-sex marriage applications.

    Hours earlier, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 3-0 to  withdraw its 2010 stay of a lower court order that allowed gay and lesbian  marriages.

    On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider an  appeal of the lower court decision by backers of Proposition 8, an initiative  passed by California voters in 2008 that banned same-sex marriages.