I was reading up on the marriage laws of California (for no particular reason, nope), and noticed this line:

Only an unmarried male and an unmarried female may marry in California.


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My mind went blank for a moment. I have no idea why, but I actually *forgot* that only straight folks can get married (or, at least, people pretending to be straight folks). Maybe I fell into a wormhole to the future (or something), but this sentence seemed absurdly arcane.

On the other hand, California is very liberal about who can perform a wedding. In fact, just about ANYONE can. They just go down to city hall to be “deputized”, and they can perform a marriage (just one, it seems).

So there you have it — California in a nutshell. Liberal kookiness with staid conservative values.

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