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Cupid expected to be busy stamping Valentine's Day marriage licenses

February 14, 2011 |  8:21 am

The Los Angeles County clerk's office set up multiple wedding areas Monday at its Norwalk headquarters in anticipation of throngs of love-struck couples seeking to tie the knot on Valentine's Day.

No appointment is necessary to fill out a marriage application and then be joined in a brief civil ceremony at the clerk's Norwalk site and six branch offices. A $90 fee for a public license ($85 for one that is confidential) is required before the "I do's" can be exchanged.

Valentine's Day is typically a busy day for the civil ceremony, so clerk's officials suggest saving time by filling out the online marriage license application ahead of time.

"We've got lines already,'' said Portia Sanders, division manager at the county clerk's Norwalk headquarters. "But we got plenty of folks ready to help spread the love."

Gay and lesbian activists are expected to protest Proposition 8's ban on same-sex marriages around noon at the East Los Angeles branch, Sanders said. Look here for the addresses and hours of all seven clerk's offices that will be performing ceremonies Monday. 

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