California Set for Gay Marriages to Begin

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Homosexual couples in California are lining up to get married, once gay marriage becomes officially legal by the end of business Monday.

Last month, a state's supreme court ruling legalized same-sex marriage, clearing the way for a rush of gay marriages to begin this week.

Many county clerks plan to work overtime to accommodate the change, which begins Monday at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. But thee county clerks have said they will not perform marriages of any kind.

For more on one clerk in Kern County who now refuses to perform any marriages, listen to conservative radio host Inga Barks with Kern Radio in Bakersfield, Calif., following this report.

"There's a lot of discomfort among about a dozen out of the 58 county clerks that I've talked to," said Campaign for Children's Randy Thomasson. "They don't want to go outside of the Constitution. They don't want to go outside of the statutes."

"They know that doing it by the book means that marriage is still between a man and a woman," Thomasson said. "And they don't really believe in homosexual marriage because most county clerks reflect the values of most Californians."

California follows Massachusetts as the second state in the country to legalize gay marriage.

But Californians will get another chance to vote in November on an amendment to the state's constitution that would ban gay marriage.

Meanwhile, pro-family attorneys are trying another legal route to block the start of gay marriages in The Sunshine State.

Even though the state supreme court has rejected all appeals, Matt Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, is asking the state appeals court on behalf of the Campaign for California Families to stay the ruling. The appeals court is responsible for making sure the high court ruling is followed.

"It should clearly be stayed because the people are going to vote in November with regards to the California marriage protection amendment," Staver told OneNewNow.

"That's a matter that, in fact, we addressed before the California Supreme Court, which they denied. However, the California Court of Appeals has a separate, independent obligation to consider this matter as well," he said.

Staver's group has asked the court to stay the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the California legislature has the time to examine other state statutes. Those statutes, the Liberty Counsel says, conflict with the state supreme court's ruling.

"The California Supreme Court only addressed two of the many statutes regarding marriage," Staver said. "You can't simply address two statutes when there's literally hundreds of others, all of which reference 'men' and 'women,' 'male' and 'female,' 'husband' and 'wife,' all of which have to be addressed."

Sources: The Associated Press, OneNewsNow

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