Same Sex Marriage in Los Angeles

As of June 27, 2013 same sex marriage in Los Angeles, and all of California, resumed following the Supreme Court of United States ruling that that made Prop 8, the anti-gay marriage proposition, invalid. Gay marriage resumed the next day and a few hours after that I officiated my first lesbian wedding in over 4 years. In the following days I married many couples who were married in heart for many years and who rushed to make sure that they now had legal recognition of their relationship.

 

It has been an honor for me to be a part of many of these same sex weddings. I don’t see them as anything but a union of love. Being an attorney, I was waiting for the Supreme Court to see the inaccuracies of letting popular vote trump a court ruling and a sane ruling. It’s all about love and human rights. Ironically, that special day of June 27th happens to be my wedding anniversary. It just seemed so right. Four years earlier, on that same day, I married Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett at the Playboy Mansion.

 

I can issue you a confidential marriage license on the spot without any waiting in lines at the County Clerk’s offices. This is the type of marriage license I recommend as it protects your private information and makes your marriage legal, but not available to the general public, which includes stalkers, haters and identity thefts.

 

I would be happy to perform any gay wedding, whether it is husband and husband or wife and wife. Please contact me to arrange this. I can be there on a moment’s notice or for a planned same sex wedding. Either way, congratulations.

Get Married in LA Now!

On my other wedding officiant website, OfficiantGuy.com, I wrote a series of three popular blog posts about why it’s so very important to get married when you find your soulmate. I can help you to get married in LA right now. I use the term LA loosely…I can go anywhere in Southern California to help you get married.

I am often asked to rush to a hospital to officiate a bedside wedding when one spouse is either injured or threatened with a serious illness that may end tragically. The tension is usually very high and I am required, by law, to make sure that the hospitalized spouse can actually be coherent before I officiate a legal wedding ceremony. What I essentially said in the 3 blog posts is that your wedding should be an incredible celebration of joy and I wish for you that if you are in love. There are many benefits to being married, aside from companionship. There are legal benefits that comes with marriage.

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Get married in LA today if you’ve found your soulmate. Don’t wait.

I mentioned some real events, and I have walked away crying from some hospital weddings. These bedside weddings are powerfully emotional and I wish they were all under better circumstances. This was from the surviving spouse of one the weddings I officiated in a hospital:

“You performed my wedding to Jeff…. It was bedside. Jeff died the next day. Thank you so much for coming on such short notice. Jeff looked very happy during the ceremony and that’s the memory I am cherishing. I greatly appreciate what you did for us.”

It’s moments like this that get me choked up.

Wedding Officiant Video

Have you seen my new wedding officiant video? We had a little fun with it. After so many years of being on many television shows my wife convinced me that I should have my own video I hope you like it.

 

The short video above contains some stills taken at various weddings and of some of the celebrity weddings I’ve performed. But you don’t have to be a celebrity in order for me to marry you. I can officiate any kind of wedding ceremony all over Southern California. I can issue your marriage license in Los Angeles County for an LA County marriage.

And if you need an LA Wedding Officiant, then please consider me.

Give me a call at (310) 882-5039 or (562) 547-3255

LA County Marriage Officiant and Marriage License

Marriage License Los Angeles

You need a marriage license before you get married. How do you get a marriage license in Los Angeles? It’s easy. I can do that for you. I am authorized by Los Angeles County to issue a confidential marriage license to you before you get married. And being an L.A. wedding officiant, I can officiate your wedding right afterward.

There are two types of marriage licenses in California: a public record marriage license and a confidential marriage license. To me, the better choice is the confidential marriage license. There are many reasons for this. A California confidential marriage license:

  1. protects your private information from stalkers, identity thieves, telemarketers, the press
  2. protects anyone from knowing that you’re married unless you want them to know. (In order to know, they would have to go to court to get a copy of the marriage license.)
  3. allows an agent, such as myself, to issue your wedding license on-site without you having to wait in the long lines of the Los Angeles Registrar Recorder-County Clerk. I’ll do that for you.
LA County Marriage Officiant and Marriage License
Chris can issue you an LA County Marriage License

 

If you don’t want a confidential marriage license (which I don’t understand) then you must go to the County Clerk’s Office to get one yourself. There are many reasons why you don’t want to do that. I’ll explain on another page.

So, give me a call or an email. I can make it easy for you, and that’s what a wedding should be. Easy.

Marriage Requirements in California

There are many marriage requirements from each state and each county. It’s important to know what your state and county’s marriage requirements are.

Many people who I talk to who are trying to get married in Los Angeles County do not know that a marriage license must be issued before your wedding ceremony. I’ve talked to too many couples who had a “wedding ceremony” and then found out that the marriage was not considered legal because they thought they could get the marriage license after the wedding ceremony. It’s important to follow the marriage requirements in California correctly and in order.

In Los Angeles County and through the State of California marriage requirements are basically in three simple steps:

  1. You must first apply for and receive a California marriage license. I can take care of that for you.
  2. You then have 90 days to have an authorized wedding officiant (hopefully this Los Angeles wedding officiant) perform your marriage ceremony and complete and date the Marriage Certificate at the bottom of your marriage license.  Importantly, you can not become “married on paper” without a ceremony.  Some form of simple marriage ceremony, no mater how simple or extravagant, is required before the 90 day period expires and your marriage license becomes invalid.
  3. Your officiant must file your completed Marriage License and Certificate with the County Clerk’s office that issued your Marriage License within ten days of your wedding day. I can also take care of that for you. I actually file all Los Angeles County marriage licenses in person to the L.A. County Clerk’s office to avoid any mail delivery delays, problems or mistakes in the mailroom (so many things can go wrong and I’ve seen them all happen.)

If you would like to avoid all the hassle and headaches navigating through the marriage requirement process, give me a call. I can make it really easy for you to get married in Los Angeles or almost anywhere is Los Angeles County. That’s my job as a Los Angeles wedding officiant.

Wedding Officiant Los Angeles

What is a Wedding Officiant?

Most people don’t know what a wedding officiant is.   Simply, it is any person who is authorized to solemnize a couple’s marriage.  In other words, a wedding officiant is any person with the legal authority to perform a valid marriage ceremony for a couple who has acquired a valid marriage license.

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Wedding Officiant Los Angeles, Chris Robinson after a Malibu Wedding

What is a wedding officiant? Section 400 of the California Family Code provides that marriages may be solemnized by any of the following who is 18 years of age or older:

* A minister, priest, rabbi or other authorized person of any religious denomination

* An active or retired judge, an active or retired commissioner of civil marriages, or an active or retired commissioner or assistant commissioner of a California court of record

* A judge or magistrate who has resigned from office

* Any active or retired judge or magistrate of the United States Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, District Court, Bankruptcy Court, Tax Court

* A legislator of constitutional officer of California or an member of Congress who represents a district with California.

 

Either way, you are married after you’ve gone through the paperwork and the ceremony. And that is what a wedding officiant is.