Same-Sex Couples Rush to Walk-In WeddingsBy: Mike Tuttle - July 4, 2013
In the County Administration building in downtown San Diego it is called “Walk-in Wednesday”. Most days of the week, couples need to make an appointment to come in and get married. On Walk-In Wednesday, couples can show up, get their license, and get married right then and there without an appointment.
And after the Supreme Court decision that effectively overturned Prop 8 in California, followed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals waiving the 25-day wait for same-sex marriages, couples lined up to get hitched.
According to Val Wood, Chief Deputy Recorder-County Clerk, San Diego County, all couples need to do is show up before 5:00 p.m. with valid, unexpired identification, fill out some paperwork on a clipboard while in line, and they are set to go. He said that it does expedite things if they have gotten their paperwork filled out ahead of time, but it is not necessary.
San Diego’s Walk-In Wednesday will continue all summer until September 25 so that more couples can go forward with wedding plans. Some couples may have had plans for marriage between the time same-sex marriage was approved in California and when Prop 8 took it back away again. They have been waiting a long time for the whole issue to wind its way through the courts. Even after Prop 8 was overturned, its appeal to Circuit Court and then the Supreme Court held up any same-sex marriages.
Opponents of same-sex marriage had gone back to the Supreme Court just a few days ago to protest the sudden onslaught of marriages, saying that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had violated their own rules by waiving a 25-day the wait after the SCOTUS decision. The Supreme Court turned down their request for an emergency stay on marriages.