No Official Tally of Same-Sex Marriages in California



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, July 08, 2013

Based on media accounts, it would seem tons of same-sex couples rushed to get married following the US Supreme Court decision that effectively overturned the gay-marriage ban in California. And that may be true, but there’s no official count of exactly how many couples have gotten married.

In California, tracking marriages is the responsibility of the counties. Cathy Darling Allen is president of the California Association of Clerks and Elected Officials. She says her group purposely chose not to single out same-sex marriages.

“Tracking it separately continues to separate those licenses from all others,” she says. “And it seems very clear that the court has told us that’s not an acceptable way to do things.”

Darling Allen says her group did not track same-sex marriages when they were legalin 2008 either. But she says the list of issued marriage licenses is public if people 

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