Los Angeles mayor
Antonio Villaraigosa claims to have taken steps that
will allow him to perform same-sex weddings.
scheduled to be in Israel when county clerks' offices in
California can begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and
lesbian couples at 5 p.m. on June 16, but he has
expressed his intent to officiate at both same-sex and
opposite-sex weddings once he returns.
"I've told a
number of couples that I will be happy to preside,"
the mayor said to the Los Angeles Daily
News last week. "I will marry as many people as
Before he can do
so, Villaraigosa has to fill out a certificate with the
California secretary of state's office. (The