Monday, July 1, 2013
Same-sex couples can begin making appointments for marriage licenses starting today at the San Diego County Administration Center. Wednesday is the first day for new appointments to get a marriage license, according to county officials.
Unlike San Francisco and Los Angeles, which have already started issuing licenses for same-sex couples, the San Diego office has an "appointment only" policy.
The only exception is “Walk-In Wednesdays,” when marriage licenses and wedding ceremonies are offered on the spot without an appointment.
In 2008, two dozen employees of the San Diego County Clerk's Office objected to being involved in same-sex marriages because of religious and moral views, but Val Wood, a top official in the clerk's office told the LA Times there won’t be resistance this time around because of turnover in the clerk’s office since 2008 and changing societal attitudes toward same-sex marriage.
“My office is ready to respond immediately as rulings become effective. It is my commitment to customers that we conduct business in a fair, courteous and professional manner that complies with court rulings and statutory requirements,” said Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk and Commissioner of Civil Marriages, in a released statement.