First same-sex couple married in Washington reflects on one-year anniversary

First same-sex couple married in Washington reflects on one-year anniversary

First same-sex couple married in Washington reflects on one-year anniversary

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by HEATHER GRAF / KING 5 News

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Posted on December 6, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Friday marks exactly one year since gay marriage was made legal in Washington.  That makes December 6th a very special day for a lot of people.

Among them are Sarah and Emily Coffer, who were the very first same-sex couple to be married in this state.

KING 5 caught up with them on Friday at their home in Arlington.

They joined a crowd of gay and lesbian couples who were waiting outside the King County building to get their marriage license when the clock struck midnight on December 6th, 2012.

The state requires a three-day waiting period after getting your marriage license, so the Coffer's actual anniversary is December 9th.

"Being married has been wonderful.  Every day of it is great," said Sarah.

Looking back on the historic moment that was their wedding, surrounded by news media and flashing cameras, the couple says the best part about the day was that their infant daughter was right there with them.

"That commitment is so important, for her to see her parents are committed to each other and married," said Emily.

They say they never planned to be the first same-sex couple married in Washington.  Instead, it just sort of happened.

They called the same judge who had helped with the adoption of their daughter, and were shocked to hear she could marry them at 12:01 a.m. on December 9th.

"It just presented itself and we thought, okay, let's do it, why not?"  said Sarah.

They say they're proud to live in a state where gay marriage is legal, and plan to celebrate their anniversary at home as a family.

"We're just like any other family," said Emily.  "We're together in everything we do."

According to the State Department of Health, gay weddings made up 17 percent of all marriages in Washington over the past year.

 

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