Bay Area, California Readies To Resume Same-Sex Marriages

CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP/BCN) — California was a trailblazer the last time it opened the door to same-sex marriages five years ago.

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for them to resume, businesses and communities that see themselves as wedding destinations are playing catch-up up with a dozen other states and the District of Columbia.

Couples, meanwhile, are making wedding plans against a political and social landscape that looks much different from the one that existed in 2008, when an estimated 18,000 couples hurried to tie the knot before Proposition 8’s passage and spent months not knowing if their unions would be invalidated.

“Today is the first day of an entirely new reality for same-sex couples and for LGBT people in this state,” said National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell, who got married during the brief window that year. “No one else in…

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