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Same-gender marriages make up 20% of weddings in Washington state

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Almost 2,500 same-gender couples were married in Washington between Dec. 6, 2012 and March 31, 2013, according to the state's Department of Health.

Same-gender marriages represented more than 20% of the 11,661 marriages that occurred in Washington during this 16-week period, the agency reported.

Not only that, but same-gender marriages occurred in 35 of Washington’s 39 counties during this time period, which began on the first day same-gender couples could legally get a marriage license in the state.

More same-gender couples were married in King County (Seattle) than in any other county; one-third of the marriages performed in King County during this time period were same-gender marriages.

Ferry, Asotin, Garfield and Wahkiakum counties reported no same-gender marriages so far.

More female couples married than male couples; 63% of all same-gender marriages were among female couples. Same-gender couples may be more likely to travel to Washington to marry. In 14% of same-gender marriages, both spouses were residents of another state. Among opposite-gender couples, both spouses were from another state in only 4% of marriages.

The state health department said it may not yet have received records for all marriages during the reporting period. Information on a marriage certificate is reported by the couple and officiant. After the ceremony, the officiant files the marriage certificate with the county auditor that issued the marriage license and the auditor files the marriage certificate with the Department of Health.