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Yolo County Clerk Issues Marriage IOU's To Same-Sex Couples

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(Woodland, CA)
Monday, February 14, 2011
Two middle-aged women enter the Yolo County Clerk's Office holding hands.  They ask Freddie Oakley for a marriage license. 
Oakley: "You know what?  It would be my joy to issue you a marriage license today.  I am not allowed to give you one under California law."
Oakley gives the couple an IOU instead and they leave with tears in their eyes.  Shortly after, Oakley rejects another couple . . . this time, much younger.  Megan Lin and her fiance are graduate students in their twenties. 
Lin: "Hopefully one day we can get married.  So now we have the I.O.U. and the engagement.  We'll just collect these things until eventually we can actually get married." 
Protestes like this took place across the country on Valentine's Day.  Oakley says she's happy she could at least give the couples an I.O.U.
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