“This is exciting, we’ve waited 21 years for this,” said Hartman.
The county says appointments for the week are already booked, but on Wednesdays they will be hosted “Walk-in-Wednesdays” where people don’t need an appointment to get married. They can walk in, wait in line, and get married all the in the same day.
Same sex couples have another option if they don’t want to wait, they can go to an authorized notary who specializes in confidential marriage licenses. They are perfectly legal, the only difference is your personal information is kept private. Martha Gomez is one of 13 authorized notaries that offer this service in San Diego County, and she says very few people know they can get marriage licenses this way.
“They can see me the same day or the next day,” said Gomez. “They can get married that same day or couple days later.”
When the county is closed during weekends and holidays, Gomez is available for people who want to get their marriage license. In fact, she already has appointments set up on July 4th.
“I work holidays,” she added. “The cost of the license is $89 and the whole package to get married is $375.”
While Gomez can officiate marriages, she expects to get busier issuing marriage licenses so she’s partnered with Reverend Wendy Zamutt who will help streamline the demand by holding ceremonies for couples anywhere they wish.
“This is a fast track for couples,” said Zamutt. “This is a special time. My interest is in the LGBT community here in San Diego, and I want to be a part of it.”
In order to qualify for a marriage license couples must be at least 18 years old, have proper identification, and have lived together.