Thousands of same-sex couples could wed in California by November, now that state's highest court cleared the way for gay marriage to begin Jun 17.
The California Supreme Court refused a request, Wednesday, to delay their ruling to allow gay marriages until voters could speak their mind on it the general election.
Now, same-sex couples are making hurried plans to marry before the Nov. 4 vote.
A new study by UCLA's school of law predicts more than 20,000 gay weddings could occur in California before general election.
It also forecasts that more than 50,000 gay California couples will marry in the next three years and 67,000 out-of-state gay couples would flock to the state to marry.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom says the city hall will extend its hours to avoid "a mass wedding," and hopes to begin issuing marriage licenses on June 16.
"We want to allow for hundreds, if not thousands, of people to come to San Francisco to start their lives together," he said.
A plan to reverse the ruling is already underway by Christian and conservative groups.
"Certainly it was our hope that one or more members of the majority decision would recognize that they had overstepped their bounds, and would allow the November vote to speak on behalf of the state's citizens,We are obviously disappointed by their continued arrogance to overrule the will of the people," said Ronald Prentice, executive director of the coalition sponsoring the plan.
In response to the judges ruling, a one-man, one-woman marriage amendment initiative will now be added to the November ballot. If voters decide in favor of it, the amendment would invalidate all gay marriages done before November.
Sources: CBN News, The Associated Press