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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Love and Gay Marriage at City Hall

Posted by on Sun, Dec 9, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Deborah Needham and Nancy Monahan of Renton, together 14 years.
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  • Deborah Needham and Nancy Monahan of Renton, together 14 years. Monahan is a retired Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class and a Navy veteran.

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1
is there a rule that homosexual couples have to look alike?
Posted by Twiddle-dé-Dee on December 9, 2012 at 1:49 PM · Report this
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and does that create more pressure when looking for a partner?
Posted by fill in the blank. come on- you can do it... on December 9, 2012 at 1:51 PM · Report this
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Gorgeous!
Posted by Griet on December 9, 2012 at 1:53 PM · Report this
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Awwwww.
Posted by SeattleKim on December 9, 2012 at 1:56 PM · Report this
bugwitch 5
That last one makes me want to cry. Damn hormones and 10+years of being single.
Posted by bugwitch on December 9, 2012 at 2:02 PM · Report this
Gern Blanston 6
Nancy Monahan seems familiar. Wasn't she a weather person on one of the local stations back in the day?
Posted by Gern Blanston on December 9, 2012 at 2:05 PM · Report this
Gern Blanston 7
Oops, never mind. Should have read the photo caption more closely.
Posted by Gern Blanston on December 9, 2012 at 2:06 PM · Report this
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Our Seattle legally-marrying gays are a lot better dressed than San Francisco's [then] legally-marrying gays.
Posted by fetish on December 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM · Report this
srslywut 9
Who's cutting onions in here? This is so great. Congrats everyone!
Posted by srslywut on December 9, 2012 at 2:35 PM · Report this
10
So full of joy and so proud of WA!
Posted by Dod on December 9, 2012 at 2:38 PM · Report this
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FYI, wedding guests, KitchenAid Immersion Blenders are 50% off at Target.
Posted by DisorganizedReligion on December 9, 2012 at 2:49 PM · Report this
TVDinner 12
@11:Excellent tip. I have often told Mr. TVDinner that I married him for his immersion blender.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on December 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM · Report this
venomlash 13
@12: "I married him for his immersion blender, if you know what I mean."
Fixed that for you.
Posted by venomlash on December 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM · Report this
kim in portland 14
Really lovely snaps. Thank you for sharing.
Posted by kim in portland http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/11/fast-paced_video_provides_a_fu.html on December 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM · Report this
Hyzenthlayk9 15
Could just as easily called this post "This is what love looks like".
Wonderful, just wonderful.
Congrats to all.
Posted by Hyzenthlayk9 http://oystermind.blogspot.com/ on December 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM · Report this
Fnarf 16
I love all you lovely people. Congratulations.

These pictures and stories are going to be talked about in a hundred years. They're going to be in some gay rights "Eyes on the Prize" thing.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on December 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM · Report this
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Can we see more photos! I love these, especially with captions! Just wanting to share in the joy--sending love to my old home state, from my new home state of New Mexico.
Posted by Green Chile on December 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM · Report this
imbecile 18
Why does KOMO have a picture of Dan and Terry's wedding but there is none here?
Posted by imbecile on December 9, 2012 at 4:07 PM · Report this
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Thank you - so beautiful. Ten years ago it would have been hard to imagine this, and I hope ten years from now it will be hard to remember why it was hard to imagine.
Posted by Alice Dreger http://www.alicedreger.com on December 9, 2012 at 4:09 PM · Report this
Eric Arrr 20
goddammit, actually crying in my actual beer.
Posted by Eric Arrr on December 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM · Report this
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Congratulations to Peter and Bob (pictured above)! Best wishes for many more years to come, and see you in Toronto!
Posted by greennotGreen on December 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM · Report this
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The circus has come to town!
Posted by Stranger'sWorstNightmare on December 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM · Report this
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Sorry it took this long indeed. Congrats!
Posted by Kyle Balaclava on December 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 24
I went down to city hall and cheered newlyweds for a couple hours. A few couples had been together 30 years or more. It looked like most of the couples were older, and likely together for quite a while.

So, so awesome.

(And no, my fiance and I did not get married this weekend. We're waiting till next year to make it official, when the whole families can come.)
Posted by Reverse Polarity on December 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 25
@22 - And they let you out for the day. How nice of them.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on December 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM · Report this
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Congrats to everyone! These pics are gorgeous.

@24 I SO wanted to do this today, but had to work :(
Posted by mitten on December 9, 2012 at 5:04 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 27
@18 That's called "admirable restraint," I think.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on December 9, 2012 at 5:07 PM · Report this
Dennis Bratland 28
Look who got married today. Many more at the City of Seattle's photostream.
Posted by Dennis Bratland on December 9, 2012 at 5:08 PM · Report this
Fnarf 29
@28, in a coat and tie, I am genuinely impressed.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on December 9, 2012 at 5:11 PM · Report this
Fnarf 30
I repeat my call for The Stranger to do a report on gay marriage in Republican eastern Washington counties -- are there any? Spokane, I imagine, but what about Grant, Garfield, Stevens? Klickitat? I see that five couples got married in Thurston Counties just after midnight.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on December 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM · Report this
imbecile 31
@27, Dan and restraint? Not in this universe.
Posted by imbecile on December 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM · Report this
Puty 32
Dan posted links to wedding pics on his Twitter machine. I'd like to see the wedding pics on Slog anyway. Fie on restraint! Fie!
Posted by Puty on December 9, 2012 at 5:43 PM · Report this
imbecile 33
@ 28, thank you! I just looked at all the great pictures, now excuse me while I find a kleenex.
Posted by imbecile on December 9, 2012 at 5:59 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 34
These were all terrific. Once again, congratulations to all the happy couples.
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 9, 2012 at 6:07 PM · Report this
imbecile 35
@30, did a google search on eastern Washington news sources, the only mention of this memorial day was a brief article in a Spokane paper linking back to King county. The rest of the eastern Washington wasteland news were too busy telling people how to spend money on christmas.
Posted by imbecile on December 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM · Report this
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Congratulations to all of the newly weds & those soon-to-be married. Equality will eventually come to all of us. In the meantime, we who can't celebrate those who can.
Posted by TampaDink on December 9, 2012 at 6:51 PM · Report this
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At least now the Stranger will fall into complete irrelevancy. Without gay marriage, there's nothing else for them to bray about. Oh, except for the Seattle Times which apparently rankles the Stranger since they have a number of Pulizter prizes that were awarded for written pieces rather than being gay.
Posted by Stranger'sWorstNightmare on December 9, 2012 at 7:18 PM · Report this
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My husband and I were married this morning at city hall. What an incredible day - I'm still overwhelmed. Our heartfelt and deepest thanks to the city, the Stranger, the well-wishers, the justices, and *especially* the many, many volunteers for this day who made today possible. It's still kind of unbelievable that they all made this happen, and in such a beautiful way for every couple who was married. What a day. What a really amazing day.
Posted by Quincent on December 9, 2012 at 7:25 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 39
37 dear, if you truly are the "The Stranger's Worst Nightmare", The Stranger has nothing to worry about.

Congratulations and best wishes to all of today's couples.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on December 9, 2012 at 7:53 PM · Report this
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#31- Here is a run-down on marriage license applications in North Central Warshington, from Friday's Wenatchee World: http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2012/…; and a lovely article on a couple from Stehekin, applying for their license at the Court House: http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2012/…
Posted by rabbitbrush on December 9, 2012 at 8:27 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 41
@31

Read and weep over the sad state of Yakima's wedding industry.

The homophobia is amusing, in its way. If your title is President of the Central Washington Bridal Show Association, are you going around imagining that people think of you as straight? Or the owner of a bridal and tuxedo shop? The way they keep chanting "The gay does not exist! The gay does not exist! The gay does NOT exist. THERE ARE NO GAYS HERE" suggests a deeply, deeply closeted wedding planner indeed.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on December 9, 2012 at 8:28 PM · Report this
Y.F. Redux 42
For those looking for a gay friendly wedding vendors, try hitting up "Offbeat Bride". The site is LGBT friendly and would likely be able to point you in the direction of vendors who are open minded and supportive.

http://vendors.offbeatbride.com/
Posted by Y.F. Redux on December 9, 2012 at 8:43 PM · Report this
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God bless 'em. I'm now waiting for the fabric of society to come apart, as scheduled, now that the gays can get married.

I like that bearded guy's rainbow umbrella.

@19 Seconded.

@21 You instantly remind me of a couple lines from a Metallica song:

Circus comes to town.
You play the lead clown.
Posted by floater on December 9, 2012 at 8:57 PM · Report this
Fnarf 44
@41, I gotta say, if I'm a straight couple planning my wedding, I WANT a deeply closeted wedding planner, especially if I live in Yakima, or Pomeroy. That's the only way you're going to get a good one. A straight wedding planner is probably going to order the wrong wine, and not enough cases of it.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on December 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM · Report this
Eva Hopkins 45
I'm across the country. Not WA, but VA, just outside DC. Been reading Dan's words since..'93? IDK anymore.

To watch the whole thing happen through the years..just, I'm tearing up. My pal Dan, who was Memorex here, died about a year ago, & we talked about if this day would come, if Dan (& all of us!) could marry..& here it is, it's starting. May it soon be everywhere, for everyone.

I don't drink much..but I'm gonna sneak over to the kitchen, here, & make myself a cocktail, & raise a glass towards the west. Mebbe when I eventually get back out to WA, I can meet some of you Sloggers, & we'll have one together.

Me in 2000, low right hand corner, @ The Millennium March in DC:

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/8453/pr…
Posted by Eva Hopkins http://www.lunamusestudios.com on December 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM · Report this
Eva Hopkins 46
(Oh whoops! Correction, I'm in the lower LEFT hand corner of that pic..I *wish* I was as slender as Scott. ;D )

HOORAY for the marriages!
Posted by Eva Hopkins http://www.lunamusestudios.com on December 9, 2012 at 9:27 PM · Report this
Fnarf 47
@45, bless you too, my dear. You sound like you need it. I remember Memorex, and I remember you telling us a year ago, too. This must be a tough time.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on December 9, 2012 at 9:39 PM · Report this
Eva Hopkins 48
Fnarf, hugs to you & Mrs. Fnarf. I miss him so much. His widow is coming to stay with me this weekend. But, it makes me smile to think how happy Memorex woulda been to see this day!

If I get back to Seattle, I hope to see you all at a Slog happy or something. Wish there was Slogmail.

OK! Cocktail working. Those pictures make me so freaking happy.
Posted by Eva Hopkins http://www.lunamusestudios.com on December 9, 2012 at 10:12 PM · Report this
rob! 49
I love that Cupcake Royale made what looks like (in the Flickr set) a hundred dozen or more rainbow cupcakes!

Congratulations everybody!
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on December 9, 2012 at 10:14 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 50
I'm so filled with joy today that I can't really contemplate, analyze, or evaluate how important this day is in the progressive development of humankind. All I can say - all that I'm capable of saying today - is may all of you be happily in love forever, very best wishes, and congratulations.
Posted by Bauhaus I on December 10, 2012 at 2:02 AM · Report this
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Awwwww, this warms my bitter, cold heart to no end. Congratulations to all the happy couples!
Posted by sugar7898 on December 10, 2012 at 7:58 AM · Report this
Lissa 52
So very happy for every one! And Dayum! Dan looks fine in a suit. Terry in a tux is a vision.
Posted by Lissa on December 10, 2012 at 8:08 AM · Report this
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Wonderful pictures and thank you @28 for the link to the flickr page with Dan and Terry photos as an extra bonus. All teary-eyed here and wishing the new couples all the best and love always.
Posted by heartfelt on December 10, 2012 at 8:36 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 54
Seeing the impotent bigotry from the troll(s) being drowned out by all the love and joy is the icing on the (wedding) cake.

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