Same-sex couples begin marrying in Washington state
Keith Bacon and Corianton Hale wore dress shirts as they recited their vows at Seattle City Hall, as the city hosted more than 100 weddings on the first day same-sex couples could marry in Washington state. A few hours later Sunday, the happy couple had changed into matching t-shirts that read “Looks Like We Made It.” “It’s tremendously meaningful,” Hale said. “It’s really powerful to have the official approval and exact same rights as all of our heterosexual friends.” For Bacon and Hale, and the scores of other gay and lesbian couples that chose to marry in a very public venue, they said they wanted to share with others the significance of the day. “It’s not very private, but very historic,” said Deb Needham of Renton, who married her partner of 14 years, Nancy Monahan. Last month, Washington, Maine and Maryland became the first states to pass same-sex marriage by popular vote. They joined six other states — New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont — and the District of Columbia that had already enacted laws or issued court rulings permitting same-sex marriage.