Contest for Kern County same-sex couples

BERKELEY, CA

The legalization of same-sex marriage in California, which took effect Monday following a state Supreme Court decision on May 15, prompted Kern County's clerk to halt marriage ceremonies by the county altogether.

Russell Bass, owner of Berkeley's Cafe de la Paz, said an ad will run in the Bakersfield Californian today informing Kern County residents of the contest.

The ad features two grooms atop a wedding cake and reads, "Have no fear; shed no tear; bring your wedding plans up here."

To enter, couples describe in writing why they would like to be married at the Berkeley restaurant.

Bass promises that the winners will receive a ceremony performed by a "Berkeley official" and a free dinner for 10. He notes that the winners can book the facility for more people at a cost.

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