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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Watch Couples Marry at City Hall

Posted by on Sun, Dec 9, 2012 at 10:14 AM

The Seattle Channel will be live streaming from two locations in the interior of City Hall from 10 am until 5 pm on Sunday, December 9, 2012 as 140 couples get married.

Couples getting married today at City Hall enter on the 5th Avenue side of the building and exit down the steps on the 4th Avenue side. Well-wishers have gathered on the steps of City Hall to cheer the newly married couples as they leave. Such a touching scene! Weddings continue through 5 PM today at City Hall. Come down and wish the newlyweds well!



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gingersnap 1
I feel silly sitting at home doing nothing. Can we bring anything for the couples waiting? Coffee? Doughnuts? Booze?
Posted by gingersnap on December 9, 2012 at 10:18 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 2
@1 - I actually really like that idea. Maybe go by the Top Pot downtown and pick up a few dozens and a whole bunch of coffee...

Somebody else do that. I'm indecent and also broke.
Posted by MacCrocodile on December 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 4
Move to Washington State, where one is truly free to find life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We are as of this day the only state in the Union where one is truly free.

So let them leave Utah in droves. Let the only people left in Idaho be old, miserable, hateful creatures that drove out the brightest and most creative people, and let Washington absorb all that incoming talent. In ten years, we will have the strongest economy, the most robust safety net, and the best community of any state in America. Leave Virginia to wonder why it is that their best days are behind them, and ours lay just ahead.
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on December 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM · Report this
From the SL Trib this morning....…

So far, most comments are kind and pro- marriage.
Posted by StuckInUtah on December 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM · Report this
I went past a while ago and the scene is lovely. @1, many well wishers are bringing flowers to beautify things in general.
Posted by gloomy gus on December 9, 2012 at 11:03 AM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 8
I want to go and see the Chapelettes (is that the right word) that some theater group was going to make.

Unfortunately mother nature and persistent rain drainage problems will also keep me at home.

Pictures, anyone... please?
Posted by Dr_Awesome on December 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM · Report this
Posted by Dod on December 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM · Report this
My uncle made a comment about how its fine they had to get married but do they have to do it in public. I guess be thankful he voted yes on R74 even though he finds it icky.
Posted by Seattle14 on December 9, 2012 at 11:44 AM · Report this
Will The Stranger be photoshopping goats into pictures of these ceremonies, or does it have a live goat on scene to bring it's special brand of satire to make city hall even more festive for all the loving couples celebrating one of the most important days of their lives?
Posted by Mason on December 9, 2012 at 11:44 AM · Report this
emma's bee 12
Congratulations to the happy newlyweds, and to all those who are now free to contemplate becoming one!
Posted by emma's bee on December 9, 2012 at 11:44 AM · Report this

HOORAY!!! What a beautiful and historic day.

Posted by Velvetbabe on December 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM · Report this
johnny_blvd 14
Congratulations to all! Its events like this that make me proud to live in Washington. Hopefully soon this will play out across the rest of our country.
Posted by johnny_blvd on December 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM · Report this
To the quite handsome gentlemen whose wedding I just creeped on, CONGRATS! My heart melted when I saw you two kiss. What a wonderful day!
Posted by katz on December 9, 2012 at 12:21 PM · Report this
It was great! People were blowing bubbles, throwing rice and flower petals, and TONS of cheering. Especially for married kisses!
Posted by Hanoumatoi on December 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM · Report this
Purocuyu 17
No protesters huh? I figured there would be a few sign holders, praising jesus at the newlyweds. Good for you guys. C'mon California! Just look north to see how it's done!
Posted by Purocuyu on December 9, 2012 at 12:24 PM · Report this
Watching the stream is kind of mesmerizing. It looks like it is running like a well oiled machine. Congratulations to all.
Posted by phillygirl on December 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM · Report this
Soupytwist 19
Rain on your wedding day is auspicious! Congrats to Seattle's couples!
Posted by Soupytwist on December 9, 2012 at 12:28 PM · Report this
@15, to all of the lucky couples marrying at the wedding station closest to the camera, I hope they do not mind all of the extra wedding guests stopping by.
Posted by phillygirl on December 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM · Report this
I just took hundreds of photos. Stay tuned! What a beautiful day in Seattle
Posted by Kelly O on December 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 22
@19 - Are you sure? Isn't it ironic?
Posted by MacCrocodile on December 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM · Report this
Kelly O, I can't wait to see all the pics. It is mesmerizing, just watching the live cam. Congrats to everyone getting married today. All my best wishes for you all.
Posted by SeattleKim on December 9, 2012 at 1:12 PM · Report this
Congratulations Dan and Terry!

There's a picture up on Joe's blog already, and you can get rid of this part of your SLOG intro:
"He has a boyfriend"

Posted by SifuMark on December 9, 2012 at 1:51 PM · Report this
@25, that's a nice picture!
Posted by gloomy gus on December 9, 2012 at 2:03 PM · Report this
I love the interviews with the couples (and families). Especially (for @11) the guys who've "been together 20 years, are now stuck together for 20 years, and, who knows, maybe will marry a goat after that."

Waiting on those pics, Kelly! The live stream is not detailed enough, but it's great in it's own way.

Congrats to all, and a big WOW to all the staff and volunteers making things run so smoothly (and ahead of schedule)! And the same goes for the courthouse judges & staff who started last night!
Posted by I Love IPA on December 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM · Report this
bugwitch 29
Any word on which counties are open for business today and performing ceremonies? I'd be curious how many marriage certificates have been distributed state wide so far.

And yes...I"m balling my fraking eyes out now. Congrats to Dan, Terry and everyone else who have or will be tying the knot. I'm so happy for my fellow Washingtonians! I wish I lived there still. Stupid grad school...
Posted by bugwitch on December 9, 2012 at 2:11 PM · Report this
And now the klezmer band at the grand staircase! Another WOW to them and all the folks out in the rain cheering! (from someone who should join them but is too lazy to bundle up and go out...)
Posted by I Love IPA on December 9, 2012 at 2:15 PM · Report this
pfffter 31
I drove by a while ago and honked the horn and the crowd cheered. Lively crowd! So happy for everyone, congrats!

And Dan, you look absolutely dashing in your tux, but I loved the pic from wed night in the hoody too :)
Posted by pfffter on December 9, 2012 at 2:37 PM · Report this
Congrats to any and all getting married today. I'm delighted to share my birthday with such an important and momentous occasion.
Posted by Junk_Monkey on December 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM · Report this
@30, thanks! That was Orkestar Zirkonium - we're so glad we got to play for some of the happy couples as they descended the staircase. This is a wonderful day, albeit far too long in coming.
Posted by Anne X on December 9, 2012 at 4:25 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 34
@10 If "they" wear their rings in public, will that be too much for him, too? Sheesh.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on December 9, 2012 at 5:12 PM · Report this
@34: I think the takeaway there should be that even an old guy, uncomfortable with homosexuality, still voted Yes. When they've lost these people--the people who aren't comfortable with homosexuality but figure hey, let people live their lives--they've really lost.

You build a winning coalition by letting these people, the imperfect, into it too. And time goes by and things change more, as everyone inches incrementally along. (Look at the change in what you hear from high manliness groups like rappers and athletes this past year or two, in terms of "Hey I'm totally not into guys but if you want to marry one like whatever, fine. But I'm not into guys." Or how gays in the military plays, a year plus after the end of DADT, and a year into the Tough Military Guys dub in for LMFAO and Carly Rae Jepson trend.)

The soft support has shifted, from "well I'm uncomfortable and it hasn't been done" to "you know, let people live their lives."
Posted by IPJ on December 9, 2012 at 7:22 PM · Report this
Congratulations, Dan & Terry, along with the other 137 couples that tied the knot today!
Posted by 14thblackbird on December 9, 2012 at 10:10 PM · Report this
Here's a small pic of Dan & Terry getting married yesterday! Yea! Congrats! (and other couples)...

Dan, please post a better one. This looks like you're about to make a deposition. (not my tumblr but the pics of the other couples on it are way better)…
Posted by delta35 on December 10, 2012 at 12:59 AM · Report this
sissoucat 39
Congratulations, Dan and Terry. What a happy day for your nice family !
Posted by sissoucat on December 10, 2012 at 5:36 AM · Report this
Alanmt 40
Congratulations to all the couples who realized their dreams of marriage!

Congrats to Dan and Terry and their son for their marriage, and thanks to Dan for his high visibility advocacy of equality and hope for the troubled young.
Posted by Alanmt on December 10, 2012 at 6:12 AM · Report this

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