More than 1,000 couples have gotten marriage licenses in Washington state since Thursday, the first day they were issued to same-sex couples. Many of those couples married on Sunday, the first day of weddings because of the state’s three-day waiting period, according to the Seattle Times.
The Times reported: “Fourteen male and 11 female couples pledge their love during a group ceremony at First Baptist Church on Sunday, the first day same-sex couples could marry in Washington state.” That’s probably not a headline we’ll see repeated in Dallas even after Texas adopts marriage equality.
Jane Lighty and Pete-e Petersen, the couple issued the first license who have been together 35 years, married at Benaroya Hall, the home of the Seattle Symphony.
Gov. Christine Gregoire blogged about the first day of marriage for The Huffington Post. She called the day historic — the first time same-sex couples married as a result of a law approved by popular vote. She called it the “civil rights issue of our time.” She wrote:
There will come a time when, across our country, the ability to marry the person you love will not be an issue. Future generations will look back and wonder why we ever denied this basic human right. We can’t rest until that moment. I will be with you every step of the way.
According to CNN, 133 couples married at Seattle City Hall.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said officials opened City Hall on Sunday to show that the city stands behind marriage equality, according to KING-TV.
On the other side of the country, in Portland, Maine, City Hall will open at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 29 when that state begins issuing marriage licenses, according to the Portland Press Herald. Couples — even straight couples — will be able to get married that day until 3:01 a.m. In Augusta, city hall will be open that day, a Saturday, during regular morning hours to issue marriage licenses.
In Maryland, marriage equality takes effect on Jan. 1. However, some counties are already issues licenses that will take effect on New Year’s Day.