First same-sex marriage licenses
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From left, Zone Montoya, Tasha Bassett, Nick Chicka, and Jeff Lovern share a laugh as they receive their marriage licenses at the King County Recorder's Office just after 3:00 a.m. on December 6, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. Chicka and Lovern have been together for 37 years and will hold a ceremony this winter on their anniversary. The Recorder's Office opened at 12:01 a.m. to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for the first time after Washington voters chose to legalize gay marriage in November's election.