County: Marriage licenses for sale to all couples

EUGENE, Ore. - The Lane County Clerk's Office began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at 1 p.m. Monday following a federal judge's ruling that strikes down Oregon's decade-old ban on same-sex marriage.

The Clerk's Office can also officiate for same-sex couples wishing to marry.

"Our staff strive to provide the highest level of customer service as we go through the expected influx of marriage licenses," said Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart. "In addition to issuing marriage licenses, our staff is also responsible for Tuesday's election. We appreciate the understanding of couples awaiting this important moment."

Marriage licenses are available from the Deeds and Records Office, inside the Lane County Courthouse, 125 E 8th Ave., Eugene

Licenses are sold from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Weddings are performed most mornings, and slots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Purchase of a license is required before time for a wedding ceremony may be reserved.
A marriage license costs $60.

A waiver of the 3-day waiting period costs $10.

The clerk will perform a marriage for $100.

According to the Oregon Health Authority Center for Health Statistics, same-sex couples have the option of choosing between marriage and a domestic partnership, which has been available in Oregon since 2008, the county said.

Couples who are in a domestic partnership may marry their current partner.

Someone in a domestic partnership who wishes to marry another person must dissolve that partnership prior to any marriage.

Same-sex couples who were married in another state do not need to take any action: their marriage is already recognized under Oregon law.