Monday, September 08, 2008

Bride and Groom Illegal in California

A couple wanted to marry in Roseville, California. The Placer County Clerk/Recorder denied the marriage license because the couple was one man and one woman. When the happy couple filled out the marriage license, they changed the State mandated Party A and Party B to Bride and Groom.

They just wanted to be recognized as Man and Wife. But apparently, that is now a crime in California. The Gay and Lesbians of California are not making for themselves a friendly environment.

Roseville, Calif. – "Brides" and "grooms" are no longer allowed to marry in the State of California.

That privilege is only extended to individuals who allow themselves to be called "Party A" and "Party B" on marriage licenses.

Pastor Doug Bird of Abundant Life Fellowship in Roseville, Calif., was alarmed to find the state now rejects the traditional terms after he officiated his first marriage ceremony last week following the California Supreme Court decision to overturn Proposition 22.

The couple had written the words "bride" and "groom" next to "Party A" and "Party B" because they wanted to be legally recognized as husband and wife.

However, the Placer County marriage license was denied.

"I received back the license and a letter from the Placer County Clerk/Recorder stating that the license 'does not comply with California State registration laws,'" Bird said in a statement from the Pacific Justice Institute.

It was an "unacceptable alteration," the County Recorder's Office claimed the State Office of Vital Records determined.

"What's next?" Bird wrote in a Sept. 4 letter. "Will the State of California force [ministers] to use the terms "Party A" and "Party B" in the ceremony itself?"

In a 4-3 decision, California's high court declared that legal definitions of marriage as a union between a man and a woman were unconstitutional. Since the ruling, the generic designations have been added to legal documents.

Pacific Justice Institute President Brad Dacus said voters must change the state constitution by voting on the marriage amendment in November if they wish to preserve the traditional meaning of marriage.

"Unless Proposition 8 is passed, heterosexual couples will be forced to wed out of the state if they wish to be officially identified as bride and groom or husband and wife." He said in a statement. "This is a major slap in the face for traditional marriage."
This is particularly irksome for me because I grew up in Placer County. Frankly, it's embarrassing. The folks I know in Placer are good and decent people who are accepting of anyone so long as they don't shove their beliefs down the throats of others. However, this is another example of what is going to happen in the rest of the country and come November, we will see where the majority of Californians really stand.

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Indigo Rose said...

Haven't Californians voted NO on recognized gay marriages before?

I bet the Clerk/Recorder wasn't so thrilled about the changes either.

In our travels we have met up with a lot of people who think Californians are a bit off center. But, as you say, this is one law that will extend beyond our state lines. Didn't Massachusetts allow gay marriages first? The big problem now.. gay divorce. If the couples own state does not recognize the marriage they cannot get a divorce. You must live in MA for 6 months or a year (I cannot remember) to become a resident before they will grant a divorce.

Why should the "rights" of a gay couple supercede the "rights" of a traditional man/woman to be called bride/groom?

Kived said...

That is just pathetic. I truly cannot find words to express how utterly pathetic that is.

You are called whatever the hell you choose to be called. What the form says is irrelevant.

I mean, I don't see anyone crossing out "taxpayer" and replacing it with "person" on their tax forms just cause they don't want to be called a taxpayer.