California to recognize 'bride' and 'groom' again

Rachel Bird married Gideon Codding in church last month, but discovered that "Party A" or "Party B" have replaced "bride" and "groom" on California marriage licenses. Jenniger Garza of the Sacramento Bee reported:In May, after the California State Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal, the courts mandated state officials to provide gender-neutral licenses and other marriage forms. "Bride" and "groom" became "Party A" and "Party B."Bird and Codding have refused to complete the new forms, a stand that has already cost them. Because their marriage is not registered with the state, Bird cannot sign up for Codding's medical benefits or legally take his name.The couple filed suit. The complaint is here.Yesterday, the state caved, although the lawsuit is still pending.  Nathan Donato-Weinstein reports:In a major policy reversal, the state agency responsible for overseeing marriage licenses this week...(Read Full Post)