Same-Sex Couples Flock to Marry in Calif.: LA County Issues 500 Licenses Since Friday


"There are some folks who are a little anxious because they don't know if it's something that can be taken away," said Belsanti. "If [2008] was any indication, there were long lines."

"We're ready for one couple or several hundred," she said.

But just because the ceremony was free didn't mean that it wasn't going to be special, she added.

"We've got some party rentals, we're going to have beautiful marriage cabanas," she said. "We're going to do it up."

Belsanti said several local businesses were even making available marriage packages for newlyweds, including popular gay bar and restaurant The Abbey, which is offering wedding cakes, champagne and cocktails for couples who bring their wedding parties over following the civil ceremony.

Ten city of West Hollywood officials will be deputized to perform civil ceremonies for couples free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis for six hours this afternoon so long as they have a marriage license in tow.

The city is providing a free shuttle between the council chambers and the closest registrar-recorder branch in Beverly Hills in hopes of facilitating the process by which couples get licenses.

L.A. County agreed to waive the $25 fee for the brides and grooms to-be on Monday only. Couples will still have to pay $90 for a public marriage certificate, Belsanti said.

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