First of all - congratulations. If you've read the marriage ruling, issued by the California Supreme Court on May 15, you know our love and our humanity is now officially a constitutionally protected family value.
Yesterday the L.A. County Clerk said he is preparing for an influx of application requests. And since there is no residency requirement to marry in California --- come on down....
Here's some useful information to help you prepare for your trip:
Barring an unanticipated stay of the court's order, gender-neutral marriage licenses will start to be issued on June 16. You can go to the Registrar's website to apply for a license.
Additionally, Acting Registrar-Recorder and County Clerk Dean Logan told me that anyone - a family member or friend - can be deputized for a day to officiate at civil marriage ceremonies - after an hour of special training and taking an oath. He said they do the trainings once a week, so you can gear your training around the date of the wedding(s) you want to perform. That information is also available on the website.
The site also has a list of satellite offices and facilities for the ceremonies - most of which are conducted by a cadre of "upbeat" volunteers. They are looking for more volunteers and expect to expand their facilities to other sites - for instance, the city of West Hollywood wants to be a designated site, and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is considering a celebration at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, and Center CEO Lorri Jean is considering getting deputized for a day.
Logan told me that his office will hold meetings - convened by L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky - with an informal group of LGBT advisors to make sure that the ceremonies are conducted with respect, dignity and cultural sensitivity.
Finally - as you may know by now, Focus on the Family and other antigay right wing groups spent a lot of money paying signature gatherers to get an antigay marriage constitutional amendment proposed by Protect Marriage on the November ballot. They collected 1.1 million signatures, which Logan says are now being verified - but the threshold is expected to be reached within the next few weeks.
There is a statewide LGBT coalition campaign to defeat the amendment - coordinated by Equality for All. But since the campaign is expected to cost between $15-20 million dollars - a number of couples who pledged to marry have suggested donating money to Equality for All in lieu of gifts or wedding presents.
There is much legal debate over what would happen if the amendment passes since it would trump the Supreme Court's ruling. But right now, most think it would not be retroactive - invalidating the marriages that take place between June 16 and the day the measure would take effect.
So come to L.A. and join the rest of us LGBTers giddy with equality.