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WeHo City Council Members To Be Deputized To Meet Same-Sex Marriage Rush

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(L-R) Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami became LA's first same-sex couple to wed post-Prop 8. (credit: CBS)

(L-R) Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami became LA’s first same-sex couple to wed post-Prop 8. (credit: CBS)

WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — After a long 5-year wait, same-sex couples are expected to flock to West Hollywood to get married Monday and the city is responding by temporarily deputizing council members and other officials to help perform the weddings.

The temporary deputizing will take place over a 6-hour period on Monday, according to authorities. They will perform ceremonies from 1 to 7 p.m., only on Monday.

The City will be performing wedding ceremonies on a first-come first-served basis on Monday at the West Hollywood Park, City Council Chambers (625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.)

Couples must have a license issued by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder before being married. The closest Registrar-Recorder site to West Hollywood is the Beverly Hills branch, at 9355 Burton Way. That office offers licenses weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

From the West Hollywood website, “Couples who come to West Hollywood for a ceremony can park in the 5-story parking structure adjacent to the Council Chambers and the City will validate parking. The City will also be providing a complimentary shuttle between the West Hollywood City Council Chambers and the Beverly Hills County branch office for couples who would like transportation to go get their marriage license and then return to the West Hollywood Park for a civil ceremony. The shuttle will depart every half hour beginning at 7:45am and continuing until 4:00pm.”

Monday’s marriages are continuation of a celebration of a U.S Supreme Court decision which allowed same sex marriages to resume in California for the first time since 2008.

The rush to marry comes as a group of conservative legal experts filed an emergency request Saturday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the same-sex weddings.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy denied that request Sunday without comment.

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