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State of Washington readies for same-sex marriage

 OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - A benchmark law legalizing same-sex marriage took result in Washington state on Thursday as gay and lesbian couples interlined up at government offices to acquire marriage licenses, paving the way for them to exchange vows as soon as this weekend. The first three U.S. states Washington, Maine and Maryland became to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples by popular vote, with passage of ballot initiatives on November 6.

First Washington was hand out marriage license applications to gay and lesbian couples, which flinch at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. Respectively, Maine and Marylands laws take effect on December 29 and on January 1. But the earliest same-sex Washington weddings - expected to number in the hundreds - will not take place before Sunday because of a state necessity that all couples endure their licenses three days in advance. In Olympia, the state capital, Lisa Brodoff and Lynn Grotsky, partners of nearly 32 years, became the first same-sex couples in their county, and possibly the state, to acquire a marriage license on Thursday - to the happiness of a crowd of other gay and lesbian couples and supporters.

Brodoff, 57, a law professor at Seattle University said that we have the abundant feeling of happiness and abatement, provocation. Grotsky, 56, a social worker, said that when she and Brodoff became a couple, they were fearful to tell colleague and co-workers that they were lesbians. Grotsky said that all things were a fight and a conflict. Now its like were regular people. After getting their license the pair, who hugged and kissed could have exchanged vows in one of the six states where same-sex marriage is already legal. But they wanted to wait until they could marry in their home state.

Thurston County treasurer Kim Wyman, whose office unlocked at middle of the night to assist 15 couples looking for to be the first in the state capital to obtain licenses, called the instant historic. Some of these couples have been each other for more than 20 or 30 years. She said that it attractive moving when you hear those stories.


The representative -controlled state council published a bill to validate gay marriage in February, and Representative Governor Christine Gregoire hurriedly signed it into law. But adversary collected enough signatures to transitorily block the scope from taking effect and force the issue onto the state ballot in November. Voters passed it by 54 percent to 46 percent. A spokesman for Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said the mayor would be on hand to greet 140 couples coming to get married at City Hall on Sunday. Spokesman Aaron Pickus said that it is a great day. Seattle voted overwhelmingly for marriage equality. It just shows once again that everyone is welcome here.

Marji Lynn, who is the manager of a telecommunications company, and a writer and artist Sue Hopkins, will be between the couples married at Seattle City Hall on Sunday. Unlike many distinct couples planning to wed under the new law, the pair - together for 16 years - never registered as domestic partners. That looked like a half-step, and we absolutely wanted to be married, Lynn said. And we desired to wait until it was legal in Washington.

Tina Roose and Teresa Guajardo citizen of Olympia said that they would wait till December 15 to marry, having constrained the splendid state Capitol rotunda for a pre-Christmas wedding celebratory observation. The ambiguity of the ballot originality process forced Roose and Guajardo to wait until after the election to see if they could keep their reservation. A retired librarian Roose said the couple had invited others, gay and straight, to tie the knot aside them at the Capitol. She added that I just ran into a colleague today at a grocery. She asked all the conventional questions like, what are you going to wear?

As for those who voted opposite to same-sex marriage, Roose said she dream about that they would be won over with love. She said that you can only change people attitudes one heart at a time. 

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