Same-sex couples in Wash. state start wedding vows

December 10, 2012 • National News

Chase Lawrence, right, and Chris Henry embrace after being wed in front of friends on Sunday morning, Dec. 9, 2012, at a friend’s home near Medical Lake, Wash. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Tyler Tjomsland)

SEATTLE (AP) — Scores of same-sex couples crowded Seattle City Hall for a day of wedding ceremonies on Sunday, the first day they could marry after the state’s voter-approved gay marriage law took effect.

While numerous weddings were taking place across the state, both private and public, the city hall weddings were the largest public event, with more than 130 couples taking part. The city set up five separate chapels to accommodate the revelers. From 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., cheers and applause regularly broke out as marriages became official.

After couples married, they exited city hall, greeted by a steady rain and dozens of supporters who shouted “congratulations” and offered flowers as they descended a large staircase to the street.

“I don’t even have words for this,” said Caren Goldenberg of Seattle, who married her partner of seven years, Casey Evans. “It just makes me really proud of my city.”

Mayor Mike McGinn, who greeted couples at they arrived, called it a “great day, a joyous day.”

“It’s really wonderful,” he said. “A new civil right is going to be recognized in this great civil institution.”

Keith Bacon and Corianton Hale, a Seattle couple that celebrated their six-year anniversary the night before, hugged and kissed to cheers and camera flashes as they took their Login to read more

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