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LA County Suspends Marriage Licenses for Gay Couples

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It didn't take long for the LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk to take action yesterday evening. A notice from their office was sent shortly after 6:00 p.m:

After consultation with legal counsel, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan is suspending the issuance of marriage licenses and civil marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples based on the Secretary of State’s Semi-Official canvass results from Election Night and the California State Constitutional provision that states “(a) proposed amendment or revision shall be submitted to the electors and if approved by a majority of votes thereon takes effect the day after the election.
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But with 1.6 million votes estimated to be uncounted statewide (hence the editorial emphasis on "Semi-Official canvass results"), should action have been taken so quickly? The office also says that if they are directed by courts or a state regulatory agency to change or further their action, they will act immediately.

Proposition 8, which sought to eliminate gay marriage in California, has won so far by around 492,000 votes.

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