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At Stroke Of Midnight, Gay Couples To Get Marriage Licenses


King County plans to pull an all-nighter on the first day marriage licenses are available to same-sex couples under Washington state law. On Thursday, Dec. 6, at 12:01 a.m., the county is scheduled to open its licensing office in downtown Seattle.
County Executive Dow Constantine said the office will stay open extra hours Dec. 6-8.

"We expect high demand for a while, so we’re putting on some extra shifts," Constantine said.  "We're doing this because I don't think, frankly, people should have to wait a moment longer to get the rights that they’ve always had, and the voters of the state have finally recognized."

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Washington has a three-day waiting period for marriage licenses to become valid. So Dec. 9 is the earliest day gay couples can legally get married in the state.

Pierce County has also scheduled extra licensing hours starting on Dec. 6.

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