Thursday, December 6, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage Gets Rolling in Washington

It's begun.  First, the marriage licenses.

Just after midnight King County Executive Dow Constantine signed a marriage license for Jane Abbott Lighty on the left and Pete-e Peterson on the right.  The couple, from West Seattle, have been together for 35 years.  I'd say the odds are good the marriage will stick.

The Pierce County Auditor's Office shared this photo on Facebook of its first couple in line.  John McCluskey and Rudy Henry, and I don't know if that's McCluskey or Henry being interviewed, have been an item for almost 54 years, reported The News Tribune. According to Equal Rights Washington, the duo took a cabulance to the auditor's office.  They plan to marry Dec. 15 at a Methodist church in Tacoma.  I've never seen a cabulance with "Just Married" on the back.

Here's a picture from Spokane, courtesy of the Inland Northwest Business Alliance.  Retired Air Force Maj. Margaret Witt (wearing the gray scarf) and her partner Laurie Johnson (at the other end of Witt's lips) were among the first to get a marriage license in Spokane County. Witt was a public face of the fight against Don't Ask, Don't Tell . . .

 . . . and so was retired Army Reserve Col. Grethe Cammermeyer, here on the left bussing longtime partner Diane Divelbess after they received their marriage license from the Island County Auditor's Office.  Photo credit to Richard Wood.

 It's been quite a day and it's only 1:30 in the afternoon.

Three days from now is when couples can actually get married.  Lighty and Peterson plan to do just that, marrying Sun. evening during a Seattle Men's Chorus performance.  The duo should receive one hell of a serenade.