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Clerks prepare to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples

Right now, same-sex couples across the Commonwealth are keeping an eye on the Supreme Court, as we're less than 48 hours from gay marriage becoming legal in Virginia. Clerks all over Central Virginia are making sure they're prepared in case the Supreme Court does not delay the ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

Several area clerks all say they're working to make sure they're ready and able to serve all of the people expected at courthouses this week.

It could be a historic day for Virginia. Unless the Supreme Court steps in, in less than two days same-sex couples will be able to tie the knot in the Commonwealth.

"These are old forms that we will not be using after tomorrow," said Richmond Court Clerk Ed Jewett.

He says gone will be the days of a separate pink form for women and blue form for men applying for marriage. Instead - couples will complete a universal form at the Richmond courthouse before receiving a revised marriage license coming from the state. Already, the phone has been ringing off the hook with couples ready to take that step.

Just because you may live in the city of Richmond, that doesn't mean you have to show up to the Richmond courthouse to apply for a marriage license. Every courthouse in the state will be prepared.

"We're not going to bring in extra staff. We will just be reassigning people for that day. We have a lot of people that know how to do marriage licenses but it's not a part of their daily normal routine so we're just going to have more people helping out with the actual issuing of licenses that day," Jewett said.

"We will not tolerate anyone violating any of the laws," said Sheriff C.T. Woody.

Speaking at the Richmond Jail, that's where he said protestors can be prepared to go if they decide to break any laws.

"They do have the right to protest but if they get out of hand, we are prepared," Woody said.

Just as courts are preparing for a day they've never seen before.

"We're all ready," Jewett said.

"I'm hoping it will be a happy day in Richmond," Woody added.

NBC 12 also checked in with Henrico and Chesterfield courts. Both say Thursday will be business as usual. Chesterfield says its online marriage application may not be ready to go by Thursday, but the clerk says they will have those updated applications available on site.

The  group "People of Faith for Equality" says it has some 66 clergy from a variety of denominations on board to officiate weddings for same sex couples. Many of them plan to be at courthouses on Thursday.

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