After Gay Ruling, Calif. Scrambles to Fix Paperwork

Current marriage licenses provide only for 'bride' and 'groom'
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2008 6:29 PM CDT
Jennifer Pizer, right and her partner Doreena Wong cut a wedding cake during a street celebration of the ruling.   (AP Photo/Hector Mata)
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(Newser) – The recent California Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriages has spawned a persnickety problem: what to do about current forms mentioning the "bride and groom" four times and prohibiting “alterations.” While one official assured the AP of “compliance with the court order,” an activist was less perturbed: “the t's crossed and i's dotted on the form are the least of our concerns.”

A conservative opponent of the measure urged separate forms for homosexual and heterosexual marriages. "If the definition is seen to be so fluid, where do you stop?" he said. "Why is it wrong for two men and a woman to get married? I don't want to see the top of THAT wedding cake."