Same-sex Couples Now Legally Marry in California

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Same-sex Couples Now Legally Marry in California: Same-sex Couples Now Legally Marry in California Gay couples lined up outside county clerk's offices in California to to complete marriage-license applications. Photo by CNN

California officials have began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a state Supreme Court ruling legalizing the ceremonies took effect on Monday.

Gay and lesbian couples had lined up for hours outside county clerk's offices in anticipation of the court decision from May to come into force at 8:01 pm ET, CNN reported.

The first same-sex couples to receive a marriage license in San Francisco on Monday and marry were Lesbian rights activists Del Martin, 87, and Phyllis Lyon, 84.

A great number of couples are expected to show up Tuesday morning to complete marriage-license applications that replace "Bride" and "Groom" with "Partner A" and "Partner B."

The decision makes California the nation's second state, after Massachusetts, to legalize same-sex marriage.

Opponents say they've collected enough signatures to call for a statewide vote on a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and woman. The California secretary of state must verify the signatures before a November vote can be held on the proposed amendment.
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