On Thursday, counties across the state will start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Among the first in line will be two women in Seattle who have been together for 35 years. “I`m just thrilled to death,” Pete-e Petersen said Monday as she sat next to her longtime partner, Jane Abbott Lighty. “I think, is it really happening? I wanted to marry her for a long time.” As the day approaches, Petersen and Lighty are fighting back tears just thinking about it.