Extended Hours For Same-Sex Marriages Announced In Anticipation Of Prop. 8's Possible Demise Wednesday

The Los Angeles County Clerk on Monday detailed its expanded hours for Wednesday, the first day same-sex marriages would be allowed there under a federal court ruling overturning California's Prop. 8, the initiative that outlawed such unions.

The hours at the Clerk's Norwalk office will start at 5 p.m., when a stay of the ruling against Prop. 8 was scheduled to be lifted, to 8 p.m.

The office is at 12400 Imperial Highway. Other county locations will maintain regular hours, but " ... starting August 19th through August 27th couples with a marriage license may request a civil marriage ceremony without an appointment, on a first-come, first-served basis during regular business hours at all [Registrar Recorder-City Clerk] locations.

The office encouraged couples to fill out marriage license applications online before heading to Norwalk.

Fees, according to the Clerk: "Marriage license fees are $90 for a public license and $85 for a confidential license; civil marriage ceremonies are offered for a $25 fee."

Proponents of Prop. 8 are challenging the decision to overturn the law in the U.S. Ninth Circuit court of appeals, so Wednesday's weddings aren't a sure thing yet.


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