Celebrations in Seattle mark gay marriage law

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by LORI MATSUKAWA / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 13 at 11:40 PM

SEATTLE -- "The Lobby" bar was just one of dozens of places holding celebrations over the marriage equality law. This Capitol Hill watering hole was filled with members of Washington United for Marriage, who lobbied long and hard for passage of the bill.

"Thank you for your courage, thank you for showing us the way. Here's to equality!" declared Amy White, leading a couple hundred supporters in a joyous toast.

Elsewhere in the neighborhood, Karyn Schwartz, owner of the Sugarpill apothecary shop says it's been a long time coming.  She has filled her shelves with special romantic potions, spices and delicious sweets because, she says, tomorrow won't be just any Valentines Day.

"I think this is the greatest gift our community could have," Schwartz said. "For so long so many of us have been working toward equality and visibility.  There have been people for decades that have quietly and invisibly tried to forward equality. And to be able to say "I love you" and just have it be that, and not have anything hanging over your head anymore is just the biggest gift."

Florist Rusty Blackwood thinks some couples might even "pop the question" tomorrow, so he's created terrariums featuring two brides or two grooms -- a special memento for Valentine's Day proposals. "I was having fun putting chickens in some and firemen in others," he laughed. "It became clear that I should have a couple with brides and grooms. So it's been nice."

Back at The Lobby, many we spoke to say they know there will be political pushback. But they believe the equality movement has gained momentum that will be hard to stop."I think the snowball is far enough down the hill that it's unstoppable," said Blackwood.

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