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Sunday, December 9, 2012

WA's First Same-Sex Marriage

Posted by on Sun, Dec 9, 2012 at 12:55 AM

The ceremony began at 11:57 p.m. on December 8 and finished shortly after the stroke of midnight on December 9—the first day that same-sex couples could legally wed in Washington State—making Sarah and Emily Cofer the first gay married couple in Washington State history:

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It was after the narrow passage of last winter's marriage-equality bill, the governor's signature, the referendum run by conservative Christians, the visceral campaign all summer, the narrow vote last month, and the marriage certificates three days ago that finally Judge Mary Yu—pronounced "marry you"—officiated the ceremony:

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And of course Anne Levinson, the woman behind the curtain of marriage equality this year, stood off to the side of the courtroom holding the Cofer's nine-month-hold baby, Carter:

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"It's a little overwhelming," Sarah said when asked about the pack of reporters and photographers who surrounded them. "It's a bit hot in here." But, it must also be said, I've never seen so many grinning reporters in my life—damn liberal media.

 

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Geni 24
Love and joy to all the happy couples! And yeah, this eyeball-fluid problem seems to be epidemic today.
Posted by Geni on December 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM · Report this
Wandergeist 23
I figure it's all the wood stoves and fireplaces this time of year putting smoke in my eyes. What other explanation for this middle-aged straight guy? Aw, play us out, Iz.
Posted by Wandergeist on December 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM · Report this
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Yay!!!
Posted by StuckInUtah on December 9, 2012 at 9:40 AM · Report this
kim in portland 18
Beautiful!
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 9:33 AM · Report this
venomlash 17
Well now, that's just nice.
Posted by venomlash on December 9, 2012 at 8:50 AM · Report this
Lissa 16
Wonderful way to start my morning! So happy for them.
Posted by Lissa on December 9, 2012 at 8:43 AM · Report this
TVDinner 15
Squeeeeeeeeeee!
Posted by TVDinner http:// on December 9, 2012 at 8:43 AM · Report this
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Congratulations to the happy couple!

But just to be clear, though, they are not "the first gay married couple in Washington State history." The are the first gay couple to GET married in Washington State. Those of us who legally wed elsewhere (Canada, Massachusetts) were officially recognized as married on December 6.
Posted by IslandGuy on December 9, 2012 at 8:28 AM · Report this
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Oooh, congratulations!! Yep, sure is dusty in here, or something.
Posted by teamcanada'sforgottenpassword on December 9, 2012 at 8:03 AM · Report this
Sachi 12
Many, many congratulations for all from Claire and me in San Diego!
Posted by Sachi http://web.me.com/thorw/Claire_and_Sachi on December 9, 2012 at 7:37 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 11
This is lovely. Thanks to Judge Yu and all the other judges who are performing weddings today.
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 9, 2012 at 7:09 AM · Report this
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May they have many years of happiness! And may Troll @5 one day have a life similarly filled with love and joy.
Posted by Clayton on December 9, 2012 at 6:43 AM · Report this
mkyorai 7
@5 They've already got the baby in the baby carriage, jackass. They have a 9 month old daughter.
Posted by mkyorai on December 9, 2012 at 6:13 AM · Report this
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@1 - It's not the booze, as I have the same problem and I'm stone cold sober.
Posted by TechBear on December 9, 2012 at 5:48 AM · Report this
Helenka (also a Canuck) 4
It's way too early to have tears in my eyes ... but I fully expect SLOG to keep me in a state of weepy joy all day long. More, please!
Posted by Helenka (also a Canuck) on December 9, 2012 at 4:48 AM · Report this
mr. herriman 3
they drove down pike street tonight right after and they had their car all done up and were honking the horn like crazy. it was glorious :D
Posted by mr. herriman on December 9, 2012 at 3:27 AM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 2
@1 it's not your eyes. it's your heart.
;~)
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on December 9, 2012 at 2:30 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 1
Maybe it's the copious booze I've been drinking all night, but some kind of fluid is overflowing from my eyeballs. This has been happening off and on since early November. Does anybody know what's wrong with my eyes?
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on December 9, 2012 at 2:13 AM · Report this

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