Same-sex couples in Virginia could start getting married next week after a federal court cleared the way.
There’s a lot of anticipation about next Thursday, not just from gay couples eager to get married, but from the county courthouses where they’ll apply for marriage licenses.
“We’ll be ready. We’re ready for any changes that come about we have to be, that’s our job, says Chesterfield County Circuit Court Clerk Mary Craze.
She says the biggest issue is modifying forms.
Right now, both the application and the marriage license are tailored for a bride and groom.
“I’m assuming that will change and certain fields on the form will have to change, “ explains Craze. “For a bride right now, it asks for maiden name, so I’m assuming they’re going to modify it, you know, to fit circumstances.”
Craze adds her office is also gearing up for a large crowd.
There’s a possibility same sex couples could be lined up at the courthouse next Thursday morning.
So in chesterfield, they’re bringing in extra computers and getting staff up to speed on how to handle potential chaos.
According to Craze, “We’ll get it done. It’ll just be a slower process than it normally was.”
Of course all of this could change, if the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes and puts the issue on hold.
Right now, it’s a waiting game.
Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond