In other words, counties do have one option left to them if they really, really, don't want to sanction gay marriage: they can stop performing all civil weddings of any kind. Think that's farfetched? Tell it to Kern County Clerk Ann Barnett.
THE LAST LOOPHOLE....The California Supreme Court's recent decision on gay marriage did not, as you might suppose, say that the state was required to perform same-sex weddings. What it said was that if the state performs any weddings at all, then it has to perform same-sex weddings too.