On Tuesday the County clerk offices across California opened their doors, for the first time, to the couples of same sex wanting to get married. They were thronged by hundreds of gay and lesbian couples rejoicing the freedom to, legally, get married.
Some couples were from out of state as California has no residency requirement for marriage licenses.
The May 15 California Supreme Court ruling that overturned the state's bans on same-sex marriage was finalized at 5:01 p.m. Monday.
On Tuesday morning more than hundred people lined up in front of an auditorium, in West Hollywood, that had been turned into a licensing center in the city's main park. The protestors were clearly outnumbered by supporters.
Actor and gay rights activist George Takei and his longtime partner, Brad Altman also procured marriage license. They are slated to get married in September.
Every county had to start issuing new gender-neutral marriage licenses, replacing spaces for “bride” and “groom” with “Party A” and “Party B”.