Washington state issues first marriage licenses to same-sex couples

What a way to start the day! Early this morning, beginning at 12:01 a.m., same-sex couples were able to obtain marriage licenses in King County, Wash. Yesterday, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the state’s marriage equality law as the Nov. 6 election results were certified. The state has a three-day waiting period, however, meaning the soonest that couples can begin marrying is Sunday.

The first license was issued to

The first King County license was issued to Pete-e Petersen and Jane Abbott Lighty, who have been together for 35 years. Photo Credit: Joe Mirabella

Pete-e Peterson stated, “We waited a long time. We’ve been together 35 years, never thinking we’d get a legal marriage. Now I feel so joyous I can’t hardly stand it.” Petersen, 85 and her partner, 77-year-old Jane Abbott Lighty, were the first to get a license.

Pete-e Petersen and Jane Abbott Lighty.

Pete-e Petersen and Jane Abbott Lighty. Photo Credit: Joe Mirabella

By 6 a.m.,  279 licenses had been issued in King County. We wish the soon-to-be-newlyweds great happiness in their journeys together as married couples.


Stuart Wilber and John Breitweiser were among the first couples to receive licenses. Photo Credit: Joe Mirabella