Mayor Stephen Cassidy and the San Leandro City Council are pleased to announce that Friday, Sept. 27 has been declared "Marriage Equality Day" in San Leandro.
To honor the occasion, City Hall will be available for civil marriage and renewal ceremonies from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mayor Cassidy also will be available throughout the day to officiate ceremonies for interested couples.
"San Leandro is a tolerant, welcoming city. 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 (LGBT). To celebrate that LGBT couples may now marry in California, we will open City Hall to all community members wishing to marry or to renew their wedding vows," stated Mayor Cassidy.
In the wake of the United States Supreme Court's landmark decisions this past June, couples in California may now marry the person of their choosing, regardless of gender, and have their legal commitment to one another recognized by the federal government.
Couples interested in holding a ceremony at City Hall on Friday will receive a ceremonial marriage certificate, although they also must possess a valid marriage license issued by a County Clerk's Office from anywhere in California. The fee for the use of City Hall is $125 for a marriage ceremony and $75 for a renewal ceremony. City facilities can accommodate up to 80 guests, and couples must provide their own witness.
For additional information, or to schedule a ceremony, please contact Marian Handa with the City Clerk's Office at (510) 577-3367 or firstname.lastname@example.org.