For Immediate Release

The Sonoma County Clerk’s Office is Preparing to Perform Same-Sex Marriages

Santa Rosa, CA  –  June 26, 2013  –  Bill Rousseau, Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor stated today "that his office is ready to perform same sex marriages."

Today the United States Supreme Court dismissed the case challenging California’s ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. This means the Appellate court will likely lift the stay; thereby authorizing marriage licensing and civil marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples. David Rabbitt, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chairman, stated "I am pleased to know that the County is moving rapidly to comply with the United States Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Licensing and Civil Marriage Ceremonies."

Bill Rousseau, Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor stated" that it is the intent of the Sonoma County Clerk’s office to comply with the decision of the Appellate Court as soon as the stay is lifted." He asked that the public please wait until more information on the implementation date of this decision is available before they contacted his office.

Once the stay is lifted, Mr. Rousseau says his office expects an increased volume of applicants for these services. He also indicated that members of the public visiting the Clerk’s Office for other business should be prepared for potentially longer than normal wait times, although every effort will be made to accommodate public need.

Any media inquiries regarding same-sex marriages should be directed to William (Bill) F. Rousseau, Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters at (707) 565-1877.

Marriage licenses are issued by the County Clerk’s Office between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Parties to the marriage must appear together, with valid, government-issued photo identification. More information about marriage license requirements can be found on the Clerk’s website at Applications for a Sonoma County marriage licenses can be completed online at