California Gov. Jerry Brown Orders County Clerks To Immediately Begin Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Jerry BrownWithout missing a beat, California Governor Jerry Brown ordered county clerks to immediately begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses after SCOTUS dismissed the case challenging a temporary ban on same-sex marriages this morning.

“I have directed the California Department of Public Health to advise the state’s counties that they must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California as soon as the Ninth Circuit confirms the stay is lifted,” Brown said in a statement.

While certificates are likely flying out of the hands of County clerks right now, Shasta County clerk Cathy Darling Allen says it may be some time before same-sex marriages can officially proceed. “My understanding is we’ll have some kind of a waiting period in terms of start date,” she told the LA Times. “Twenty-five to 30 days is what I’ve been told, but that feels kind of speculative. But it’s not going to be Friday. It’s going to be at some point in the future.”

One California couple is already making plans to get hitched following the lifted ban even though they’re not in a same-sex relationship. After vowing to wait for marriage until marriage equality triumphed, actress Kristen Bell proposed to husband Dax Shepard this morning! Awww!