.- The California Department of Public Health, which provides marriage-license forms to counties across the state, will again allow couples who contract a marriage to again identify themselves as âbrideâ and âgroomâ on their marriage licenses starting in November.
According to the California Catholic Daily, following the California Supreme Court decision imposing same-sex marriages in the state, the vital statistics section of the state health department created new marriage license forms allowing couples only to identify themselves as âParty Aâ and âParty B.â
The change was strongly protested. Rachel Bird and Gideon Codding of Roseville, California last week sued the state over the elimination of the traditional description.
However, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Health told the Sacramento Bee the new forms were not a response to the lawsuit
âMany Californians have asked to have the option to identify as âbrideâ and âgroomâ on their marriage license form,â says an announcement on the Public Health Departmentâs web site. âThe California Department of Public Health has been reviewing how we can provide those options in a way that is consistent with court rulings on marriage. The state will begin using new forms effective November 17th that will include boxes for âbrideâ or âgroom.â Identifying as a âbrideâ or a âgroomâ is optional, not mandatory.â
Under the new marriage-license rules, couples may choose âbrideâ and âgroom,â âbrideâ and âbride,â âgroomâ and âgroomâ or leave the section blank, the California Catholic Daily reports.