First WA Same-Sex Couples Wed

    Jesse Page, left, turns to kiss spouse Brendon Taga after the couple took their wedding vows in the early morning hours in the courtroom of Judge Mary Yu in the King County Courthouse, becoming among the first gay couples to legally wed Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Seattle. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a voter-approved law legalizing gay marriage Wednesday, Dec. 5 and weddings for gay and lesbian couples began in Washington on Sunday, following the three-day waiting period after marriage licenses were issued earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Three days after picking up their marriage licenses, couples celebrated Washington state’s first same-sex marriages early Sunday morning. Courthouses in some counties opened at midnight to accommodate the happy couples, and judges conducted ceremonies pro bono at Seattle City Hall. In November, Washington, Maryland, and Maine became the first states to pass a law allowing same-sex marriage by popular vote. On Friday the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would take up the issue of gay marriage in the coming year.

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