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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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good point.

and are these shiny happy king county marriages even valid in Spokane?
Posted by do they come with magic decoder rings? on December 8, 2012 at 8:17 AM · Report this
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500?

holy shit.

there are 60,000 homosexuals in Seattle.

if half are in couples that would be 15,000 potential marriages.

where are the other 14,500?

maybe homosexuals aren't the marrying types after all, Danny.......
Posted by Danny Dreamed a Dream, but no one showed up on December 8, 2012 at 5:58 AM · Report this
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oh man, we can't wait!

tell us now!!

Willie,
if you snuck out tonight
and burned down a couple of square blocks
that would generate some boffo economic activity as well......
fireman and cop overtime,
inspectors,
adjusters,
think of the construction!
appliances, furnishings, landscaping.

damn.......

think about it.

Posted by People Are Spending Money! It MUST Be OK.....eeeeeehauw!!! on December 8, 2012 at 5:51 AM · Report this
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Cha-Ching!!!

now.

how many government employee man-hours have been expended granting the licenses, and will be expended processing the "marriages", how much will the use of physical facilities cost; add it up and get back to us with how much of a net loss to the taxpayers those licenses will cost.
Posted by he found a QUARTER in the sofa cushion!! He's RICH!! on December 8, 2012 at 5:46 AM · Report this
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not tough at all.

wow.

shiny happy people.

what is there not to love?

.

have you ever seen someone high on ecstasy?

who could be against that much joy?

the euphoria, the sense of intimacy with others, even diminished anxiety.

almost as big a high as homosexual "marriage".......

.

just because people like it doesn't make it good.

for society. for them.

oh bah....if it feels good just Do It! right?

Posted by did Danny ever tell you what happens after Gommorah? on December 8, 2012 at 5:41 AM · 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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@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
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@14 - I sorta doubt it. We went down there to join the cheering section at midnight, with the _vague_ notion of joining the line to get ours. But we would have been the only het couple in line, so it just wasn't our line to join. We just stood at the exit and clapped like maniacs instead. It was great.

Since licenses through the saturday are only at the administration building, and het couples have had ample opportunity before (and after) to get licenses, I sorta expect that most KC licenses in the next couple of days will be to same sex couples.

@19 - Yes, WA marriage licences are only valid for 60 days
Posted by Supporter on December 7, 2012 at 7:22 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
STJA 18
This is so FUCKING AWESOME.
Posted by STJA on December 7, 2012 at 6:04 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
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
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
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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
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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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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
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 11

And outside of King County?
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on December 7, 2012 at 3:55 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
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
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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
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
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
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
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Revenue stream for the win!
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on December 7, 2012 at 3:24 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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Happy Decuptials.
Posted by Julian in Seattle on December 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM · Report this
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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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