Although officials are urging against large public gatherings for the foreseeable future, the county will still issue marriage licenses to those seeking them. During the lockdown, the Kings County Clerk’s office is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.
The office will, however, not be taking new appointments for wedding ceremonies. Ceremonies at the office are performed each Thursday from 2:15-3:45 p.m., and unless an appointment was made ahead of the lockdown order, potential married couples will have to wait.
Other counties, such as Los Angeles and Orange, have put a freeze on issuing marriage licenses for the duration of the lockdown.
Victor Love, proprietor of small wedding chapel Love’s Manor & More, said that SoCal lovebirds who have learned that Kings County is still issue licenses have contacted him for impromptu weddings services.
“I’ve turned them down. I’m up in years. I’m 71. I lost my wife a couple of year ago, so I’m not taking any chances,” Love said.
Love said that his books are cleared until summertime and that he’ll be resuming his services once the lockdown has lifted and it’s safe to do so.
“I have gotten calls — not lately — where people call me in the morning while I’m still in my sweats and I haven’t even had my first cup of coffee and people want to get married right now,” he said, laughing. “I’ve had to scramble and get dressed and say, ‘OK.’”