Time to Put a Ring on it, Washington
By Benjamin Lindsay
History was made in Washington state earlier this month when Referendum 74, a bill that legalized same-sex marriage in the state, was passed. Washington joined Maine and Maryland, who also passed bills for marriage equality. To put it mildly, we were rather excited.
Beginning December 6, the state’s same-sex couples can apply for marriage licenses. When New York legalized same-sex marriage in June 2011, upwards of 800 wed on the state’s first day of ceremonies. It was a sight of love and pride for the couples wed and the thousands that cheered along in support. Though there is a three-day waiting period to complete certification, Seattle expects a City Hall turnout of equal proportions come December 9.
To prep for the occasion, the lobby is being decked out with four pop-up wedding chapels. The city’s newspaper, the Stranger, is working with a number of local scenic artists to decorate the space, and expect to see a number of pro-bono judges to perform the ceremonies. Mayor Mike McGinn will also be in attendance for the historic day. Doors open at 11 AM, and registered couples can marry from noon to 5 PM. Get all the details here.
The Stranger is funding much of the event, but the city is still on the lookout for further donations and volunteers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be a part of the history. Help spread the love with your time, energy, and cheers.