Wedding Bells Ring in California

Wedding bells were ringing in California today as hundreds of gay and lesbian couples ties the knot, “giving a human face to a landmark court decision and a powerful opening salvo in what is expected to be a bruising fall campaign here over the issue of same-sex marriage.”

Some weddings actually began in a “handful of locations around the state at exactly 5:01 p.m. on Monday, the earliest time allowed by the decision by the California Supreme Court.”

County clerks’ offices in all 58 counties in the state were authorized to begin issuing the licenses on Tuesday.

However it wasn’t wedded bliss in all counties in California, as ABC News affiliate KGO in San Francisco reports:

There are three counties in California which have completely stopped performing weddings because of the State Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriages. Those are Kern, Calaveras, and Butte County.

Some folks are so stuck in the past with ugly prejudices:

The California Family code still says that marriage is between a man and a woman. They’ve created legal confusion,” says Ken Mettler of the Bakersfield Republican Assembly.

But there was definitely joy in many parts of California today, as Julia Rosen reports on Calitics:

Have you seen the videos of the gay and lesbian couples getting married?  They are just amazing and I have found myself verklept countless times. This one is my favorite from the SacBee.  In it is a middle aged lesbian couple who are just absolutely beaming as they walk out of their wedding ceremony and into the crush of media.  Ellen Pontac says while raising Shelly’s arm in the air: “I would like to introduce you to my wife Shelly Bailes”. A reporter asks: “Shelly how does that sound?” Shelly: “It sounds absolutely wonderful, because this is my wife Ellen Pontac.”

I could not have said this any better, “Mazel Tov to all those who get to be just like everyone else today and may that always be true here in California.”

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