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L.A. County Sees Flood in Marriage License Applications

Business was brisk at Los Angeles County Clerk’s offices on July 1, as same-sex couples scrambled to get married, with the blessing of the federal court system.

According to Dean Logan, the county registrar-recorder/county clerk, more than 500 couples completed online marriage license applications since 4 p.m. Friday, when a federal appeals court lifted a stay and allowed same-sex weddings to resume in California.

The decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals came two days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that proponents of Proposition 8 – which banned same-sex weddings in California – did not have legal standing to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the measure was unconstitutional.

A group of conservative legal experts filed an emergency request last week asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the same-sex weddings because its decision to not uphold voter-approved Proposition 8, is not legally final during the 25-day period when parties to the case can ask for reconsideration.