SAN LEANDRO -- The city may offer civil marriage ceremonies at City Hall later this month after court rulings that allowed same-sex marriages in California to resume.
The council discussed the matter Monday, following last Friday's action by the federal appeals court to dissolve its stay blocking same-sex marriages in the state. The city staff is expected to bring a proposal to the council July 15 for a marriage ceremony day before the end of the month.
Council members discussed having someone, perhaps a councilmember, become a volunteer deputy marriage commissioner. Once deputized by the county, the commissioner could then officiate marriage ceremonies at City Hall.
If approved, same-sex and heterosexual couples interested in getting married would still have to obtain a marriage license from county. A couple council members suggested offering the ceremonies on a more regular basis, rather than a single day, but Mayor Stephen Cassidy suggested starting with a single day to gauge demand.
The cities of Alameda and Union City currently offer civil marriage ceremonies at City Hall. No other cities in the county currently plan to commemorate the rulings with a special marriage ceremony day, San Leandro city staff said.
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