Gay Couples Rush to the Alter in California
Gay couples are rushing to get married in California before the statewide vote on same-sex marriage in November.
The New York Times reported that a study found that 3, 800 gay couples are marrying each month in California.
Same-sex weddings began in California in mid-June after the court decision became final, the Star Tribune reported.
In the past three months, California had more same-sex marriages than Massschussetts had in four years.
Massachusetts, the first state to allow same-sex marriages, in 2004, has had about 10,300 ceremonies, the Star Tribune reported.
11, 440 couples have married in California since it was legalized according to a study by the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The rush in marriages is due to the upcoming vote on Proposition 8, which would amend the state constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage, Kate Kendall, the executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said.
"After Nov. 4, it's possible the door to having that experience of a legally recognized marriage will be closed," Kendall said.
Sources: Star Tribune, New York Times