A Special Day in California

| June 16, 2008 - 4:12 pm

Tags: California, equal rights, gay marriage, homosexual marriage, LGBT

Today's a special day in California and the USA. One month after the California State Supreme Court struck down a ban on gay marriage, today at 5:01 PM county clerks will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

This increases the American population to whom same sex marriage is available from the 2% of Massachusetts residents to 14%. The news folks like CNN and Washington Post are all profiling soon to be married Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, a couple for 55 years (or as I prefer, over 2 1/2 Dan Kleins) and two old-school gay rights activists. This isn't the first time they've been married though--they were one of thousands of couples whose marriage was declared unlawful in 2004. Now conservative groups are trying to do it again. Don't let them.

Not all county clerks will be performing weddings, though...

Have you heard about these darlings?

County officials in at least two California counties say they'll stop performing all wedding ceremonies by next week, arguing that they don't have enough resources to marry both gay and straight couples.

Officials in Kern and Butte counties cited budget and staffing constraints as the rationale for halting the ceremonies.

Suspicious timing? Nope nope nope!

If only Solomon was around.

Wow. So if they only have enough money to marry straight people, but they're cutting that out too... Shouldn't all of their budget be slashed? Maybe the first county to promise to marry both will get the others budget.