December 7, 2012

Hundreds of same-sex couples are getting ready to be welcomed at Seattle City Hall on Sunday to get married after many obtained their marriage licenses in Washington state early Thursday. KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Essex Porter spoke with the first couples who will be married at City Hall. Diane Butzberger and Amanda Ruff have been together 10 years, and were joined in a Holy Union ceremony 8 years ago. But today, they were at the King County Administration Building in Seattle to get a license to be married. "Everybody knows what that means," Butzberger said. "It’s just accepted and it's really that word (married)." They are now enjoying an acceptance that has been painful to achieve. "We've had to fight insurance companies," Ruff said. "And we've had struggles with different sort of institutions that we've had to live under all these years." Because Ruff had final exams at Evergreen State College this morning, the couple could not brave the long lines to get a license overnight.