Supreme Court Ruling on Same Gender Marriage

NewRecent Update 6/06/08:
The California State Supreme Court has determined that County Clerks will issue the newly designed marriage licenses and perform civil marriage ceremonies according to the laws of the State of California, on June 17, 2008. It will be business as usual at this County Recorder-Clerk office, marriage licenses will be issued, ceremonies performed, but, our normal office routine will continue and these functions will be on an appointment basis as usual. We do not make appointments online, you must either call us or come into the office to make an appointment.


Supreme Court Ruling
The California Supreme Court declared current statutes that restrict marriage to one man and one woman unconstitutional and said that the remedy is to allow same gender persons to marry. The Supreme Court sent the case back to the Court of Appeal for proceedings consistent with its ruling. That court will issue a writ of mandate directing appropriate state officials to take all actions necessary to ensure that county clerks and other local officials throughout the state, in performing their duty to enforce the marriage statutes in their jurisdictions, apply those provisions in a manner consistent with the decision of this court. The Supreme Court decision becomes final in 30 days.

“I look forward to receiving direction from the California Office of Vital Records on implementing this decision,” said William Schultz, in his capacity as El Dorado County Clerk and Commissioner of Civil Marriages. “However, until the court proceedings are final and that direction comes, we are not able to issue marriage licenses to or perform ceremonies for same gender couples.” Schultz will keep the community informed of the State’s progress in implementing the court’s decision on his Recorder-Clerk web page..