The Last Loophole

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.

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.

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