King County to open early on Dec. 6 for gay marriage licenses

King County to open early on Dec. 6 for gay marriage licenses

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Maira Garcia (R) and Maria Vargas wait on line to get married at the Brooklyn City Clerk's office on July 24, 2011 in New York City. Today was the first day gay couples were allowed to legally marry in New York state.

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 15 at 3:45 PM

SEATTLE -- King County Executive Dow Constantine will open the county Recorder's Office in Seattle early -- just after midnight -- on Dec. 6 to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Constantine says he'll be waiting to sign the first license, making King County the first jurisdiction in the nation to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, based on voter approval.

Voters in Washington, Maryland and Maine all approved gay marriage initiatives last week, but laws in Maryland and Maine will not take effect until January.

Once they have their license in hand, all couples in Washington still have to wait three days for a marriage ceremony.
  

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