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Gay couples flock to wed as San Diegans await

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Dozens of same sex couples tied the knot in San Francisco Saturday, just one day after the stay was lifted.

The marriages come as proponents for Proposition 8 filed an emergency petition to stop those unions from happening.

As of right now, those same-sex marriage licenses will be handed out here in San Diego next week.

But San Francisco wasted no time, as dozens of couples have gotten married there over the past 24 hours.

"We looked at the schedule of reservations, which now stretches a couple months, so we thought we would just come down here and do it."

From the lobby - to the street - a line of same sex couples, all eager to wed, stretched in and out of San Francisco's city hall Saturday.

Officials there decided to have weekend hours to accommodate the high volume of people, many of whom have waited nearly five years to marry.

"It will mean that we are a family...and I couldn't be happier."

Unlike San Francisco, the county clerk's office in San Diego was closed Saturday. They are expected to give out licenses Wednesday. Come then, expect several same-sex couples to line up for a chance to legally tie the knot.

"Five years is a long time to wait when you're in love and you wanna get married, so I anticipate couples will go down, schedule appointments. It's going to be the summer of love in San Diego."

Fernando Lopez with pride says he was disappointed San Diego didn't start giving out licenses on Friday, when the stay was lifted around 3 p.m.

"San Diego's process is that you have to make an appointment, so we thought couples could at least go down there and schedule their appointments just like everybody else."

When asked, the county clerk told News 8 she was awaiting to hear from the public health department as to how to proceed.

Meanwhile, in an emergency petition filed Saturday Prop 8 proponents want the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the ninth circuit court of appeal's move requiring same-sex marriage licenses in California, stating:

"This kind of lawlessness just further weakens the public's confidence in the legitimacy of our legal system. We hope the supreme court will step in and restore some order here."

Prop 8 proponents say there should have been a 25-day waiting period before these unions could legally take place.

No response yet from the Supreme Court. 

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