New Law to Allow City Clerks to Perform Civil Marriage Ceremonies
2014-09-23 · By Editor
On Friday, September 19, 2014, Governor Brown signed AB 1525 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal into State law. This bill was sponsored by the City of Long Beach and allows City Clerks to perform marriages, thus enhancing civic engagement in the process.
“This is a great day for Long Beach, love, and equality,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I am proud that City Clerks can begin offering civil marriages. I want to thank the State Legislature and Governor Brown for enacting this law.”
When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriages in June 2013, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder granted temporary authority to allow local City Clerks in Long Beach to conduct civil marriage ceremonies for all couples wishing to get married. This temporary, two-month authority was enormously popular. The Long Beach City Clerk Department was able to solemnize 65 civil wedding ceremonies during this time, and City Clerk Larry Herrera-Cabrera is ready to solemnize more marriages for couples who are interested in making Long Beach City Hall their wedding destination.
“This is great news for couples in Long Beach!” says Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal. “In just a few months, wedding bells will ring at City Hall and we’ll have one more reason to celebrate.”
Couples wishing to get married at Long Beach City Hall can take advantage of this new law, beginning at midnight on January 1, 2015. Appointments can be made with the Long Beach City Clerk’s Office by calling 562-570-6101.