It remains unclear if Judge Vaughn Walker will lift his stay on same-sex marriages or keep it in place during the appeals process, but San Francisco wants to be prepared just in case.
In the event that Judge Walker gives the go-ahead for same-sex marriages to begin, San Francisco will extend its County Clerk's hours and has put a call out for volunteers to help facilitate the anticipated rush of marriages.
Walker's overturning of Proposition 8 was accompanied by a stay, which delayed same-sex marriages until further notice. That's created a lot of confusion.
Indeed, Ting's Twitter feed mirrors the uncertainty of the past few days. From Wednesday morning's "Waiting for Prop 8 ruling today," to Wednesday afternoon's "Judge strikes down ban on same-sex marriage. Looks like we can start issuing marriage licenses in SF!!!" to 26 minutes later when Ting corrected himself: "Judge Walker issued a temporary stay so we won't be issuing same sex marriage licenses today." Then there’s today's announcement of extended hours.
If the stay is lifted, San Francisco's County Clerk's office will be open until 8:00p.m. tonight and from 9a.m. to 5p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
If you are interested in volunteering (mostly processing paperwork) e-mail Craig.Dziedsic@sfgov.org. A training will be held at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow at City Hall in Room 34.