King County to issue same-sex marriage licenses
November 27, 2012
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.