Local county clerks await appeals court ruling

California county clerks are waiting for the go-ahead to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

First, the clerks will need the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to lift its stay on same-sex marriage. The court issued the stay while waiting for the case to go through the Supreme Court.

Then, the state will issue guidelines for those marriages to local clerks offices, who will evaluate what they need to do logistically to prepare.

Early indications show they may not have to do much, since marriage license applications became gender neutral in 2008, and have not been changed back.

The best estimate for the resumption of these marriages is 25 to 30 days, although it could take longer.

18,000 same-sex couples were married in California four years ago while a temporary injunction against Prop 8 was in effect.

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