Wedding bells in Washington: State readies for same-sex marriage license applications
In November the state of Washington became one of three states to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples by popular vote. On Wednesday, county clerks braced for an onslaught of marriage license applications.
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While heterosexual couples face difficulties enough picking an ideal time and place for their nuptials, the fraught politics of same-sex marriage in Washington state made it much trickier for gay and lesbian couples to plan ahead.
The Democratic-controlled state Legislature passed a bill to legalize gay marriage in February, and Democratic Governor Christine Gregoire, swiftly signed it into law.
But opponents collected enough signatures to temporarily block the measure from taking effect and force the issue onto the state ballot in November.
Voters passed it by 54 percent to 46 percent.
The uncertainty of the ballot initiative process proved a bit of a nail-biter as Roose and Guajardo waited for the election results to see if they could keep their reservation.
"We had faith in the voters of Washington," Roose said, adding they had invited other couples, both gay and straight, to tie the knot alongside them at the Capitol.
As for those who voted against same-sex marriage, Roose said she hoped they would be won over "with love."
"You can only change people's attitudes one heart at a time," she said.