Uptick in Calif. nuptials after gay marriage ruling

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Updated: 11/25/2013 10:46 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More California couples tied the knot in July — following the U.S. Supreme Court's historic ruling allowing same-sex marriages in the state — than in any other month since 2006.

California Department of Public Health statistics show nearly 30,800 couples received marriage licenses in July, a 35 percent increase over the previous July.

Matt Conens, a health department spokesman, says the department doesn't know for sure how many of those marriages involve same-sex couples because the marriage applications don't ask for the sex of the spouses.

However, the health department's numbers also show a spike upward in June 2008 — by 12 percent — when the California Supreme Court first struck down the state's ban on gay marriage, just before the passage of Proposition 8 again temporarily restored it.


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