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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

When and How Will Gay Marriages Start in Washington State?

Posted by on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I asked State Representative Jamie Pedersen this question the other day and since he's planning on (re)marrying his husband once R-74 takes effect, he knew all the details.

The state's new homo-including marriage law will go into effect on Dec. 5, after the 30-day waiting period for voter-approved measures like this one expires.

People will be able to apply for marriage licenses the next day, Dec. 6.

But, since there's a three-day waiting period for getting married in this state, the first day gay marriages could be performed is Dec. 9.


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Just, please, restrain yourself. No Christmas themed weddings, not ringbearing elves, no officiating Santas.

We all have to live with those photos forever.
Posted by Lymis on November 8, 2012 at 6:18 AM · Report this
marymc 15
So, who's going to be first? I still get teary-eyed thinking about Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin being the first in San Francisco, after 56 years as a committed couple. Surely we have a few longtime couples who've been waiting and working for this for decades, who deserve the honor. Just tell me when and where, and I'll be there with a big ol' bucket of rice to throw!
Posted by marymc on November 7, 2012 at 8:54 PM · Report this
@7: yes, you'll have to pony up another $64, unless you wait the two years and let the DP roll over.
Posted by $64 question on November 7, 2012 at 5:54 PM · Report this
Chef Thunder 13
My husband and I were married in California and have an RDP here.(We were married before Washington started recognizing out of state marriages as RDPs)

Do we have to do anything to have Washington recognize our marriage here immediately?
Posted by Chef Thunder on November 7, 2012 at 4:30 PM · Report this
Somewhere the heads of Loveschild, Seattleblues and Free-Verse-And-Royal-We Troll are collectively exploding.
Posted by Clayton on November 7, 2012 at 3:53 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 11
#8 It would be similar to Prop 8 in CA if they tried to undo this vote. After Dec 9th there will be marriages taking place. The state generally can not undo a civil contract between two parties, only the parties can get such a divorce. I doubt the NOM will bother to take this to court as the US Supreme Court in now think whether to tackle the matter out of California. Good question.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on November 7, 2012 at 3:19 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 10
@8 depends.

contract law does not normally permit the undoing of legal contracts.

At most they could rescind it from a set date forward.

But .. they are bat shit crazy, so ...
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 7, 2012 at 2:49 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 9
So, if you got married legally in BC, Canada, you can register it on 12-6-12 here.
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 7, 2012 at 2:48 PM · Report this
mikethehammer 8
As a straight guy & out-of-stater I'm ignorant and curious... Is there any follow-up or challenge for the wingnuts to pursue? (I'm sure they'll call for a re-count, of course.) Any way they can try to get it into the courts for an appeal or anything? Will they be legally able to propose another referendum anytime soon?
Posted by mikethehammer on November 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM · Report this
So the law states that couples currently in domestic partnerships can apply for a marriage license. (If they do not do that, their DPs will automatically convert to marriages as of June 30, 2014.) Does anyone know if domestically partnered couples who apply for a license will have to pay for it, since they've already previously paid to register a DP?
Posted by aech on November 7, 2012 at 2:37 PM · Report this
I propose free marriage day on December 9th.
Posted by sugarbear on November 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM · Report this
As a ordained minister at the Universal Life Church I'm planning on trying to Marry as many as I can. Doing it for free and setting up at a bar somewhere.
Posted by sugarbear on November 7, 2012 at 2:09 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 4
#3 Marriages outside WA are recognized by WA. That's the beauty of marriage, Unlike Civil Onions or Domestique Partnerships which most states don't recognize and are there fore next to useless.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on November 7, 2012 at 2:08 PM · Report this
so, folks who were married elsewhere still have to get re-married here or are their marriages now recognized as legal here?
Posted by slugbiker on November 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 2
I hope the Governor officiates at the wedding!
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 1
I love that there's a 3-day waiting period for weddings here, but no waiting period for buying a gun.
Posted by Matt the Engineer on November 7, 2012 at 1:53 PM · Report this

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