SAN LEANDRO -- Couples that want to get married at City Hall may do so Friday on what's now known as Marriage Equality Day in the city.
The marital celebration on Sept. 27 commemorates the recent court decisions overturning California's Prop. 8 gay marriage ban and striking down key portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Homosexual and heterosexual couples are invited to marry or renew their vows at City Hall from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but must come with a valid marriage license issued by a County Clerk's Office anywhere in the state. City facilities can accommodate 80 guests and couples must provide their own witness.
The cost to rent City Hall for a wedding is $125, and a renewal of vows costs $75.
Mayor Stephen Cassidy will be available to officiate, if desired.
"San Leandro is a tolerant, welcoming city," Cassidy said in a statement. "We are proud to be one of the most diverse cities in America, and our diversity includes many persons that are Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, or Bisexual."
As of Monday, one heterosexual couple had signed up to renew their vows Friday, according to the City Clerk.
To schedule a ceremony, contact City Clerk Marian Handa at (510) 577-3367 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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