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In Washington, same-sex weddings to begin Dec. 9

SEATTLE – Same-sex couples who want to be among the first to get married in Washington state can start the process at 12:01 am Thursday, Dec. 6, in Seattle.

A waiting line to obtain marriage licenses will open at 10 pm Wednesday, Dec. 5, outside the James Street entrance on the north place of the King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave. in Seattle.

The state requires a three-day waiting period for couples who want to marry, so the first same-sex weddings won’t begin until Sunday, Dec. 9. Seattle’s mayor said City Hall will be open between noon and 5 pm Dec. 9 and that at least eight municipal judges have donated their time to marry eager couples.

The Nov. 6 election results, which included passage of Referendum 74 that affirmed the legislature’s approval of the marriage-equality law, will be certified on Dec. 6.

“I don't want couples to wait a minute longer than legally necessary to get the rights that voters have recognized,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. Constantine will make history by signing the first marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

For more information about getting married in King County or to see the Marriage Equality Countdown clock, click HERE.