SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – In what is believed to be the County’s busiest day ever for issuing marriage licenses, nearly 150 couples have received licenses today, bringing the total for the week to 381.
And by the end of the day, Board President Ken Yeager had officiated 27 marriages for same sex couples, bringing the total for the four days to 41.
“It has been an honor to perform marriages for so many loving couples this week,” said Yeager. ”Many of them have waited years for the opportunity to be married. I am proud that Santa Clara County’s government has been so supportive of same-sex weddings. The rainbow flag has flown over the County building all week.”
More than one hundred couples have taken advantage of the County of Santa Clara’s new Express Marriage Ceremony since Monday, choosing to marry the same day they receive their marriage licenses. The Express Marriage Ceremony option began on Monday, following the June 28, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals action dissolving its stay on U.S. District Court Judge Walker’s injunction against enforcement of Proposition 8. On a typical day, the County issues about 35 marriage licenses.
In preparation for the increased demand, the County Clerk Recorder’s Office set up a special line for marriage licenses that bypasses the normal cueing system. Since July 1, the County has been offering a new Express Marriage Ceremony Service, where walk-in couples can purchase a license to have their ceremony performed at the service window for a fee of $110, plus an additional witness fee of $10.
The express window at the Clerk Recorder’s Office opened an hour earlier than planned this week and will continue to be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to make it convenient for couples who might want to come in at the beginning of the work day.
Monday, July 1st:
Marriage licenses issued: 94
Express marriage ceremonies: 37
Tuesday, July 2nd:
Marriage licenses issued = 58
Express marriage ceremonies = 14
Wednesday, July 3rd:
Marriage licenses issued = 80
Express marriage ceremonies = 14
Friday, July 5th (as of 4:39 p.m.)
Marriage licenses issued = 149
Express marriage ceremonies = 41
ABOUT THE PROCESS
· Couples can apply for marriage licenses at the Clerk-Recorder’s Office - 70 W. Hedding St., 1st floor. (Free one hour parking in the West Wing parking lot at the corner of Hedding and San Pedro streets)
· The County of Santa Clara Clerk-Recorder's Office currently performs civil marriage ceremonies officiated by deputy marriage commissioners appointed by the Clerk-Recorder. On average, 12 civil marriage ceremonies are performed on a daily basis.
· A standard Marriage License is $79; Confidential Marriage License is $83.
· The fee for the ceremony is $79 and must be paid in person before the date of the ceremony.
· Marriage licenses can be issued the same day as the ceremony.
· Ceremonies can be scheduled for weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
· The County has one wedding chapel for marriages, but will make two additional chapel facilities temporarily available to accommodate overflow. Up to 17 ceremonies per day could be performed at each chapel, if needed. The Wedding Chapel holds 22 people and is located on the Lower Level, 70 W. Hedding St., both elevator and stair access is available. (NOTE: The wedding chapel is in its final stages of remodeling. The ceremonies are currently at the Clerk-Recorder’s “designated” chapel on the first floor.)
· To schedule an appointment to be trained as a Deputy Marriage Commissioner to perform civil marriage ceremonies, call (408) 299-5688.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119
Posted: July 5, 2013