South Valley Same-Sex Marriages Continued

June 17, 2008 8:30:43 PM PDT
Marriage ceremonies continued until the late afternoon here in Kern County even though the County Clerk prohibited any civil marriages from taking place. And in Visalia, same-sex couples arriving at the courthouse were met by protestors. Protestors stood in a line in front of The Tulare County Courthouse holding signs that read: "resist judicial tyranny, resist." They voiced concerns about California making same sex marriage legal.

Charlie Cox, Central Val Save Marriage: "Homosexuality is wrong it prevents us from entering god's kingdom I plead with you not just mentally but for your sake to repent change your mind go and sin no more."

They protested for more than an hour, as more than a dozen same-sex couples showed up to the courthouse in Visalia to get a marriage license.

Marica Martin, Visalia: "I can't even tell you how excited I am I am so pumped up that its finally legal!"

Couples stood anxiously in line, waiting to sign the paperwork to make it official.

Jamie Garza, Visalia: "I was just telling my mom (crying) I couldn't even believe that we're standing at that counter all of us."

Outside the courthouse, one by one, five different couples said their vows in front of a crowd of supporters. Rings and tears were exchanged.

At the Kern County Courthouse in Bakersfield, same-sex couples were determined to get married even though County Clerk Ann Barnett decided earlier this month that her office would not perform any marriage ceremonies, gay or straight.

Matt McSperitt: "I wasn't surprised but this is a blessing right here this little gathering here these people."

Monte Harless: "It feels good we already have a commitment this is just something we know we'll have for a lifetime just like everybody else."

The Kern County Clerk declined to comment to action news. Calls to her attorney were not returned.


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