In just a few hours at 12:01 am on Thursday, Dec. 6, JP Persall and her partner of 10 years Diana Wickman will become one of the first same-sex couples in Washington state to receive a marriage license.
Both women served 22 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, where they met and fell in love.
I spoke on the phone to JP this evening, just moments after Gov. Gregoire certified the Referendum 74 vote that legalized marriage equality in Washington state.
As she certified the vote, Gov. Gregoire said, “In just a few hours, all Washington families will have the opportunity to receive a marriage license. As one of three states in the nation where voters affirmed marriage equality at the ballot box – there is no more resounding endorsement. I thank them for standing up for what is right.”