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Friday, December 7, 2012

Marriage License Applications in King County Spike 1,200 Percent

Posted by on Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 2:53 PM

For the last day and a half, the King County Recorder's Office has been sending out breathless, near-hourly updates on the number of marriage licenses its issued since gay marriage became legal in our state. I'm totally loving them. Here's the latest:

The King County Recorder’s Office has issued 54 marriage licenses as of 2:30pm. That is almost double what we issue in total on a Friday at this time of year. There are more to come, as the Recorder’s Office will be open until 6:30 tonight.

Overall, our demand for marriage licenses on Thursday spiked by more than 1200%. That’s not a typo. On a normal Thursday in December, the Recorder’s Office issues about 40 licenses. We issued a record-smashing 489 on Thursday. In addition, King County accounted for more than 50% of all the marriage licenses issued in the state of Washington on Thursday.

That's a grand total of 543 marriage licenses issued in the last day and a half. Congratulations to all the happy couples!

 

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We're the best thing that happened to marriage registrars since Liz Taylor!
Posted by kinaidos on December 7, 2012 at 2:59 PM · Report this
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Happy Decuptials.
Posted by Julian in Seattle on December 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 3
!2-12-12 is going to be a big day!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 7, 2012 at 3:15 PM · Report this
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Revenue stream for the win!
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on December 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM · Report this
care bear 5
One of the biggest reasons I think this is so exciting and makes me so happy is that King County officials and administrators are just so goddamn excited about it. It's so heartwarming. I just wanna hug the person who does the King County twitter feed.
Posted by care bear on December 7, 2012 at 3:29 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 6
In business news, the Seattle Times has an article about the all out economic impacts on florists, bakers, limos, tailors, and so on due to the uptick in weddings.

Now if only the gov could realize that 2/3 of America says the feds should not get involved in states that legalize MJ or gay marriage and Man Up.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on December 7, 2012 at 3:35 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
@5 @kcnews ftw! Hugs all around!

See you all Sunday!

My ex-wife and I are going to come down and cheer on all you new married couples!
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on December 7, 2012 at 3:39 PM · Report this
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The folks down at King County were just amazing - the employees, the volunteers and the well-wishers. I was truly impressed and very touched when we got our marriage license yesterday morning. They went over and above, and made it a special and very memorable experience for all those hundreds of couples.
Posted by Quincent on December 7, 2012 at 3:47 PM · Report this
Womyn2me 9
543 x 64 dollars = $34,752; Excellent haul, King County
Posted by Womyn2me http://http:\\www.shelleyandlaura.com on December 7, 2012 at 3:51 PM · Report this
treacle 10
What?!? Holy shit.
Who knew we had SO MANY gay couples just waiting to get married?! I'll be damned...

(that's a joke people, a joke.) (It's about damn time the state stopped defining love.) (Congratufuckinglations to all the newlyweds! Whoohoo!)
Posted by treacle on December 7, 2012 at 3:52 PM · Report this
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And outside of King County?
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on December 7, 2012 at 3:55 PM · Report this
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543 licenses * $65 = $35,295.

Gay marriage just paid 6 months of some county's worker's salary.
Posted by Mr John on December 7, 2012 at 4:09 PM · Report this
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Who knew? The gays not only didn't wreck marriage, they're saving it!
Posted by Prettybetsy on December 7, 2012 at 4:12 PM · Report this
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Is there an increase of heterosexual licenses also?
Posted by jeffy on December 7, 2012 at 4:17 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 15
Wait until we get the resulting wedding/reception/party revenue from sales taxes ...

@14 I would hope so, although many may have wanted to wait to give gay marriage applicants a chance, first.

Hoping on Sunday we'll start seeing str8 applicants who waited to get married until gays could too.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on December 7, 2012 at 4:27 PM · Report this
Womyn2me 16
Check out the new TV commercial for Tulalip Casino's Wedding event in Feb. We swear they say "all your gay wedding needs".
Posted by Womyn2me http://http:\\www.shelleyandlaura.com on December 7, 2012 at 4:36 PM · Report this
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Here is a county-by-county breakdown of marriage license applications by same-sex couples, courtesy of the Spokesman-Review:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=…
Posted by LMcGuff http://holyoutlaw.livejournal.com/ on December 7, 2012 at 5:41 PM · Report this
STJA 18
This is so FUCKING AWESOME.
Posted by STJA on December 7, 2012 at 6:04 PM · Report this
DOUG. 19
How long are King County marriage licenses valid? Will all these folks have to get married within a certain window of time?
Posted by DOUG. http://www.dougsvotersguide.com on December 7, 2012 at 6:34 PM · Report this
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@19, it's a Washington state marriage license, which is applied for and issued at the county level. Per state law, a marriage license is valid for 60 days.
Posted by Quincent on December 7, 2012 at 9:01 PM · Report this
Puty 22
It's gotta be really tough opposing this much blatant happiness and love. It really shows the anti-gay marriage loons for the collection of sad, miserable, disturbed, dumb fucks they are. Christ, they're screwed.
Posted by Puty on December 7, 2012 at 11:11 PM · Report this

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