Prop 8 Vote Prompts Rush To Marry

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, November 3, 2008

Gay and lesbian couples are rushing to get married before California voters decide Tuesday whether to ban same-sex marriage. So far, about 75 couples have made appointments to either go through the marriage ceremony or pick up a marriage license. 

“That is about doubled…or more than double…that we see at this time of the year.” 

Assistant County Clerk-Recorder Wanda Dark says they’ve been busy for the past few weeks. 

“A lot of our customers have told us that they’re concerned about how the election results might come out on Proposition 8 and they think that they better get married now before perhaps they cannot do it in the future.” 

Some county clerks around the state are staying open longer to accommodate the demand for marriage licenses. But Dark says the Sacramento County Clerk’s Office will keep its regular hours since they’ve been able to serve all their customers.