12 same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses in NCW
Friday, December 7, 2012
WENATCHEE — Local jewelers take note: You might want to order a few more matching wedding ring sets.
In North Central Washington, the number of applications for gay and lesbian marriage licenses reached an even dozen on Thursday, the first day the state’s same-sex marriage law was in effect.
By this morning, six applications had been filed in Chelan County, four in Okanogan County and two in Grant County. Douglas County had none.
“We got skunked,” chuckled Douglas County recording supervisor Mardy Jordan. “We’ll see what today brings.”
More than 800 gay and lesbian couples across the state received marriage licenses Thursday — more than half of those in King County and Vancouver — in an urban rush to get the first licenses under the state’s new law.
In Seattle, couples lined up and waited for hours to obtain a license. Vancouver saw the second-most number of applications due to same-sex couples from Oregon crossing the state line to apply. And about a dozen couples obtained licenses in Spokane.
After a three-day waiting period, the first legally binding same-sex weddings can be held Sunday.
A Stehekin couple, Anna Maria Spagna and Laurie Thompson, were the first same-sex couple in Chelan County to apply for a license here Thursday. The couple has been together for 22 years and plan to marry Sunday at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort.
Following passage of Referendum 74 in November, Washington became one of seven states to recognize same-sex marriage, and the first to do so by voter directive. A similar law is set to take effect in Maine and Maryland in coming months.
In eight counties — many in Eastern Washington where voters rejected Referendum 74 — no same-sex couples applied for licenses, according to the Seattle Times.
Mike Irwin: 665-1179
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