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AB 1525 would allow city clerks to perform marriage ceremonies.

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Assembly Judiciary Committee passed AB 1525 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, with a unanimous vote.  Sponsored by the City of Long Beach, the measure adds city clerks to the list of officials allowed to solemnize marriage ceremonies that already includes county clerks, judges, justices, mayors, county supervisors, legislators, and members of Congress.  Long Beach City Clerk, Larry Herrera, testified in support of the bill.

“We’re one step closer to giving couples another option for their marriage ceremony,” said Lowenthal.  “I’m thrilled with the bipartisan support for the bill, and proud that Long Beach is once again leading the way for communities across the state.”

The new responsibility won’t be entirely new for the Long Beach City Clerk’s office.  Following the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Proposition 8, Los Angeles County gave temporary authority to the office to perform marriages.  That authority expired in August of last year.

The next stop for the bill will be the Assembly Floor as early as next week.  If signed by Governor Brown, the law would go into effect on January 1, 2015.

Assemblymember Lowenthal is the Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, the Legislative Women’s Caucus, and the Select Committee on Ports.  Ms. Lowenthal represents the 70th Assembly District, including Catalina Island, Long Beach, San Pedro, and Signal Hill.

CONTACT: Allison Ruff (916) 319-2070