Marriage Equality in Washington

Congratulations to Washington couples on your upcoming nuptials!

On December 6 (starting at 12:01 AM) Washington state will begin issuing marriage licenses to loving and committed gay and lesbian couples! Because of a three-day waiting period, the first day that weddings can occur is December 9.  It will be an historic few days for the Evergreen State and a milestone for the movement for full equality.  No doubt, media outlets from across the state and across the nation are planning to capture all the excitement of the first days of marriage equality, so this presents Washington couples with an incredible opportunity to share their stories of love and commitment!

If you and your loved one plan to wed on the first days of marriage equality in the state and are open to sharing your love story/wedding plans with the media, GLAAD really wants to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to let us know about you as a couple and your lives together. We’ll be in touch with you as media opportunities present themselves. The more information you’re able to provide us with the better!

**To share your love story & wedding plans with GLAAD, go to: http://www.glaad.org/vote/couples.**

Thanks in advance for your willingness to speak with the media about your relationship and for taking the time to submit your story and image.  By sharing your story as a couple, you help us promote understanding, increase acceptance and advance equality.  We couldn't do our work without you!

We will contact you if we receive media requests for which you and your significant other would be appropriate.  In the meantime, please be sure to share your great news with family, friends and your local newspaper – by sharing the most significant moments of our lives that we underscore our commonly-held values with the communities of which we are a part.

About Obtaining a Marriage License

A Washington State marriage license is valid in Washington State only.

The application fee is $64. Cash and local checks (with local ID) are accepted; no credit or debit cards.

There is a three-day waiting period before the marriage can take place. Weddings will not take place until December 9.

A marriage license is valid for 60 days.

A blood test or physical exam is not required in Washington State.

Mailed applications may be notarized and returned for processing but the original application must be submitted (fee must be included and must be by money order or cashier's check only).

To help reduce delays, couples are strongly encouraged to download and fill out an application ahead of time, and bring it with them to apply.

For the Media

GLAAD has profiled several anti-LGBT activists who are actively working against marriage equality in Maine. They include Joseph Backholm, Joe Fuiten, and Stephen Pidgeon.