King County to issue same-sex marriage licenses

November 27, 2012

By Staff

King County Executive Dow Constantine plans to open the King County Recorder’s Office at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 6 to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The time comes immediately upon certification of Nov. 6 election results. Constantine intends to sign King County’s first marriage license for a same-sex couple at 12:01 a.m.

“I don’t want couples to wait a minute longer than legally necessary to get the rights that voters have recognized,” he said in a statement.

The move makes King County the first jurisdiction in the United States to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on voter approval.

The same-sex marriage measure on the Nov. 6 ballot, Referendum 74, garnered 53 percent approval statewide.

Under Washington law, couples must wait three days before the actual marriage ceremony may be performed.

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