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Spike in marriage licenses follows Prop 8 demise

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Southern California county clerks have seen a flood of couples requesting marriage licenses after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in late June ended California's ban on same-sex unions.

Los Angeles County issued 47 percent more marriage licenses this July than in the same month last year. Applicants don't list their genders, so no one at the County Clerk's office was willing to attribute the increase to same-sex couples.

San Bernardino County was up 30 percent, and Orange County 23 percent.

The really big increase was in Riverside County — particularly in the desert town of Indio.

As soon as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Prop 8, the mayor of Palm Springs started promoting his gay-friendly resort city as a destination for same-sex marriages. The local tourism bureau website features same-sex as well as heterosexual couples.

The county clerk's office nearest Palm Springs is in Indio.

Riverside County issued 85 percent more marriage licenses last month than in July, 2012. In hard numbers, 694 of the county's 1,734 permits for July were issued in Indio, about 40 percent of the county total.

The California Department of Public Health, which compiles marriage statistics, won't have a statewide number for a few months.



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