SAN DIEGO (AP) — County clerks offices up and down California on Wednesday heard from same-sex couples wanting to get marriage licenses. Officials said they began handling inquiries within hours of a Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for the lifting of the state ban on gay marriage. County clerks were advised by Gov. Jerry Brown's office that they can issue the licenses as soon as a lower appellate court lifts a stay on the practice, which likely will take at least 25 days. Shasta County received a handful of inquiries about marriage licenses for same-sex couples, said Cathy Darling Allen, the county clerk and president of the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials. She said county clerks offices are ready. Once they get a green light, she expects the same turnout across the state that was seen in 2008, when roughly 18,000 same-sex couples got married in less than five months, after the California Supreme Court struck down a state code provision prohibiting gay unions.