Record set during Marriage Equality Day marathon


Couples in line for Washington State's first same-sex marriage certificates celebrate at the stroke of midnight.

King County broke its one-day record for marriage license issuance during the first three and a half hours of Marriage Equality Day. The King County Recorder's Office began issuing

licenses at midnight to same-sex couples in Washington.  By 3:30 a.m. Thursday, the previous license record of 212 licenses had already been broken with several couples still waiting

in line. On a typical day, the County issues between 75 and 100 licenses. The first license signed by King County Executive Dow Constantine was for Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen

of West Seattle.  The couple, who co-founded the Seattle Women's Chorus together, will be getting married during a Seattle Men's Chorus concert on Dec. 9.

Executive Constantine signed the first licenses with one of the pens used by Governor Christine Gregoire to sign the marriage equality bill into law on Feb. 13.