June 17, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Gay marriage is now legal in California.
It became so at 5 p.m. local time on Monday, but the crunch of same-sex couples wanting to say "I do" won't kick in until today. That's when most counties plan to begin issuing marriage licenses that substitute "Party A" and "Party B" for "bride" and "groom."
But at least five county clerks around California agreed to extend their hours to issue licenses for those who want to be among the first. In San Francisco, where the lawsuits began that led to the recent ruling by California's supreme court, almost 620 same-sex couples have booked appointments to get licenses over the next 10 days.
Thousands of gay couples from around the country are now expected to get married in California.
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