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LA County plans for same-sex marriages

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Couples not in a rush to walk down the isle Wednesday night will have many more options come Thursday.

Unless a federal appeals court rules otherwise, a stay on same-sex marriages in California will expire in two days. For couples in a rush to get married, the Norwalk Courthouse will be the only L.A. County registrar’s office open after 5 o’clock Wednesday night.

Come Thursday, business hours will remain the same at the county's seven district offices, including its Norwalk headquarters. But County Registrar-Recorder Dean Logan says he’ll lift the appointment requirement for civil ceremonies and perform them first come, first served.

“If there are 10 people before you," says Logan, "you might have to sit for a while until we’re able to offer you that ceremony.”

Logan says he expects more of a crowd and a longer wait at the Beverly Hills Courthouse, partly because it’s a small space with fewer clerk windows. To help keep pace with the expected demand, Logan says the nearby city of West Hollywood is offering to perform civil ceremonies at its facility.

“Licenses will still be issued at any of our facilities," said Logan. "But when people opt for a civil ceremony and pay that fee, they have the option of taking that receipt to West Hollywood and having the ceremony performed in West Hollywood.”

The cost of the ceremony stays the same – $25. Marriage licenses cost $90.