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In Seattle, Hundreds of Same-Sex Couples Line Up to Marry

Gay marriage became legal in Washington today. And some couples weren't wasting any time.


Gay marriage became legal in Washington state today, and some couples didn't waste any time tying the knot. According to the Seattle Times, more than 200 couples queued up last night, in anticipation of a special midnight opening of the Seattle administration building. At 12:01 a.m., the first license was issued to Pete-e Petersen, 85, and Jane Abbott Lighty. The couple has been together for 35 years.

According to the Times:

Lined around the county's downtown Seattle administration building, snaked through a winding queue and, finally, crammed into a processing room, the couples cried, shared love stories and passed around flowers.

Here are jubilant couples-to-be in a Reuters photo:

Below, the room where the licenses were issued:

And some of the happy couples:

Junia Ribeiro (L), 51, and Patty Oh, 43, celebrate as they leave the King County Administration Building shortly after getting their marriage license. (Marcus Donner / Reuters)
Mark Smith (L), 39, and Todd Manoli, 36, who have been together since high school, stand in line with more than 200 other couples in Seattle for the midnight issuing of marriage licenses. (Marcus Donner/Reuters)

About the Author

  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.