Democrats dominate Issaquah voters’ choices

January 1, 2013

Strong get-out-the vote operation boosts candidates

Democrats dominated Issaquah in the November election.

City voters chose Democrats for every federal and statewide office on the ballot — sometimes by a broad margin and others by a handful of votes.

Issaquah overwhelmingly supported Democrats in the races for president and vice president, U.S. senator and U.S. representative, and every statewide office. Only incumbent Republican Steve Litzow, a 41st Legislative District state senator representing about half of Issaquah, earned support from a majority of voters inside city limits.

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How did Issaquah vote?

January 1, 2013

City-level results from the November election show Issaquah voters followed statewide trends on some issues, or occasionally chose another direction.

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King County issues more than 1,000 marriage licenses

January 1, 2013

King County marked a milestone just after noon Dec. 17 by issuing the 1,000th and 1,001st marriage licenses since the state legalized same-sex marriage Dec. 6.

Officials expect demand to remain high for at least the next several months, even after handing out a record 489 marriage licenses the day the law went into effect. The daily volume of marriage license applications at the King County Recorder’s Office is double compared to a normal December.

“December is typically our slowest month for marriage licenses, but due to the new marriage equality law, that’s not been the case this month,” Recording Manager Jon Scherer said in a statement.

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King County executive reflects on accomplishments

December 26, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine reflected on the top 12 accomplishments of 2012, including same-sex marriage legalization and improvements in county agencies.

“Any list is going to be subjective, and not every story here was one that captured the public’s attention — but each held its own place in our agenda to create a sustainable government that works, and one that works for all the people,” he said in a statement. “My thanks to the work of all our departments and staff who helped make our successes possible.”

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King County issues more than 1,000 marriage licenses in December

December 17, 2012

NEW — 10 p.m. Dec. 17, 2012

King County marked a milestone just after noon Monday by issuing the 1,000th and 1,001st marriage licenses since the state legalized same-sex marriage Dec. 6.

Officials expect demand to remain high for at least the next several months, even after handing out a record 489 marriage licenses the day the law went into effect. The daily volume of marriage license applications at the King County Recorder’s Office is double compared to a normal December.

“December is typically our slowest month for marriage licenses, but due to the new marriage equality law, that’s not been the case this month,” Recording Manager Jon Scherer said in a statement. “Our volume of business this December has been more like a typical July, when we can issue as many as 2,000 marriage licenses.”

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Rush for same-sex weddings sets marriage license record

December 11, 2012

Dow Constantine

In a milestone just after midnight Dec. 6, King County started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a month after Washington voters legalized same-sex marriage.

The county issued a record 623 marriage licenses between midnight Dec. 6 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8. The initial day set a record at 489.

King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the initial marriage license at 12:01 a.m. in a ceremony at the King County Recorder’s Office.

“Tonight you are making history,” he said to the initial group of 11 couples. “Not only our legislators, but the people of this state have said every person is entitled to equal treatment. This advances our law in the state of Washington, and brings us one step closer to that first ‘self-evident’ truth announced by our nation’s founders: that all are created equal.”

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King County issues marriage licenses to more than 300 same-sex couples

December 6, 2012

NEW — 9:05 a.m. Dec. 6, 2012

In a milestone just after midnight Thursday, King County started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a month after Washington voters legalized same-sex marriage.

King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the initial marriage license at 12:01 a.m. in a ceremony at the King County Recorder’s Office. The county issued 345 marriage licenses by 9 a.m. — a record for the number of licenses issued in a single day.

“Tonight you are making history,” Constantine said to the initial group of 11 couples. “Not only our legislators but the people of this state have said every person is entitled to equal treatment. This advances our law in the state of Washington, and brings us one step closer to that first ‘self-evident’ truth announced by our nation’s founders: That all are created equal.”

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Students choose Barack Obama, Jay Inslee in mock election

November 27, 2012

Students statewide and in the Issaquah School District chose the same candidates as grown-up voters — Barack Obama for president and Jay Inslee for governor.

The exercise included 38,848 students statewide, including classes at Cascade Ridge Elementary, Endeavour Elementary, Sunset Elementary, Pine Lake Middle and Issaquah High schools in the Issaquah School District.

The number of students participating statewide shattered the record for participation — about 18,000 students — set in 2008.

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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.

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Change in marriage law raises need for gender-neutral certificates

November 27, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 27, 2012

The change in state law to legalize same-sex marriage means marriage and divorce certificates must change, and the state Department of Health is seeking public input on the issue.

The agency requested comments on proposed changes in gender-specific terms for Washington’s marriage and divorce certificates in response to the same-sex marriage law approved in Referendum 74. The law is poised to go into effect Dec. 6.

The department collects records of all people who marry or divorce in Washington, and issues copies of records to the public. The existing forms use gender-specific terms, including bride, groom, husband and wife.

State health officials propose using gender-neutral terms on certificates. The proposal includes identifying the gender of couples on the certificate form, so the public can gather information about the number of same-sex couples in Washington.

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