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L.A. County Registrar's office in Norwalk to stay open late Wednesday for gay marriages

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's office in Norwalk will be staying open late Wednesday to accommodate an expected rush in gay marriages.

A stay on a judge’s decision to invalidate Proposition 8 -- the 2008 ballot measure that reinstated a ban on same-sex marriage in California -- is expected to be lifted Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The registrar’s Norwalk headquarters will stay open until 8 p.m. that day to offer marriage licenses and civil ceremonies if the stay is lifted.

Hours at other locations will not be affected, although for about a week officials will allow civil marriage ceremonies to be made at all offices without an appointment.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that Proposition 8 violated federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process, but he granted a temporary stay of his ruling in response to a request by the ban’s supporters seeking to appeal the ruling.

-- Robert Faturechi

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Why stay open late, to issue marriage licenses? How much overtime will that cost? Whats the rush, can those people get their licenses live every other normal citizen. LA County is F'ed up

Hallelujah! Equal civil rights are finally here. Sadly, though, I'm sure there will be plenty of bigots protesting and screaming slurs. And, of course, quoting the Bible even though these people eat pork and wear mixed fabrics and don't stone nonvirgins to death on their wedding nights.

How is it possible that a gay-rights case was "randomly" assigned to a judge reported to be gay? As Christians like to say: God works in mysterious ways!

This is to be expected, it was the same thing they did last time. I'd say the rush is happiness and joy and all that bottled up excitement ready to explode. It's a little like going to the 12:01 feature for a movie instead of waiting until Friday. It costs a bit more but the people want it, so they provide.

And trust me, I'd imagine many more than just LA county will probably do this.

The rush is that we normal people have not been able to get married like other normal people!

Funny, what things they can find money for...such as this. And not the important things.

Ha Ha, no special rights for gays today! :D

Glad to see this courtesy being extended. Justice can't wait! It is time we treated all of our fellow humans as our brothers and sisters! I am straight, Irish/American, 66 years old, married for 45 years, father of five - all in "traditional" marriages, grandfather of 16 (17 in November) and I live in the Great Plains. I was a practicing Catholic until my church became so mean toward others. Life is too short to withhold love from anyone. Open up your heart and welcome these newly weds!


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