Prosecutors and the defense agreed on the wording of the questionnaire in December.

" But a deputy city attorney acknowledged that the state may not accept them.Gonzalez says, "The licenses make it tougher for gay marriage opponents - who may now have to prove couples who sought and obtained a legal commitment for life broke the law.

"San Francisco appears to be the first city in the nation to officially support same-sex marriage licenses; city clerks in Arizona and Colorado in 1975 issued licenses to gay and lesbian couples that were later revoked or declared void.Emboldened by the prospect of the nation's first legal same-sex marriages in Massachusetts, gay couples went to courthouses around the nation Thursday and Friday to demand the right to marry.

They were quickly turned away.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled that it is unconstitutional to bar gay couples from marriage.Under the decision, the nation's first legally sanctioned gay marriages are scheduled to begin in mid-May.

Lawmakers are proposing a constitutional amendment that would define marriage a union between one man and one woman, and the Legislature resumes its deliberations of amendments on March 11.

Across the country, other gay couples didn't wait for a marriage license., "but we were up at 7 because of the excitement.

"It was the third straight day that officials issued the licenses to hundreds of gay and lesbian couples.The response has been so overwhelming that nearly 200 city officials, led by newly elected Mayor Gavin Newsom, have volunteered to pitch in, from sheriff's deputies providing security to clerks processing the licenses.

Across the country, other gay couples didn't wait for a marriage license.About three dozen same-sex couples exchanged vows at Philadelphia's LOVE Park on Saturday as part of a "mass commitment ceremony" organized by a gay-friendly church.

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