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The ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in California formally takes effect at 5:01 p.m. PT (8:01 p.m. ET) Monday. That's just past closing time for county offices that issue marriage licenses, but some plan to stay open late to accommodate same-sex couples.
Clerks expect a much larger number of couples Tuesday morning. They will complete marriage-license applications that replace "Bride" and "Groom" with "Partner A" and "Partner B."
Stephen Weir and John Hemm of Martinez plan to be among the first in line Tuesday.
"My family and friends are going to be there to celebrate this, and there isn't anybody that's going to take any of that away from us," Weir said.