King County sets new record for marriage licenses on first day of same-sex marriage

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In 18 and a half hours on the first day of marriage equality in Washington state, King County issued 489 marriage licenses, mostly to same-sex couples, breaking the previous record of 212. The county broke the previous record during the first three-and-a-half hours.

On average, King County issues 75 to 100 marriage licenses daily. Today was filled with singing, happy tears, bubbles and bubbly. “It’s been a privilege to personally congratulate same-sex couples who, for the first time in state history, are finally able to secure a marriage license,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine, who welcomed couples and thanked dozens of volunteers throughout the day today. “I’ve met wonderful couples who told me they’ve been waiting 10, 20, even 40 years for this day to come, and for this right to be recognized.” Constantine administered the oath and signed marriage licenses for 11 same-sex couples recommended by community leaders at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. “This day has been remarkable,” added Executive Constantine. “People shared a real sense that history was being made. This is a significant moment in the evolution of our democratic society.”

King County Courthouse to open Sunday for weddings

King County will open the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle for weddings Sunday. Because of security arrangements at the Courthouse, couples must schedule a time for their wedding with one of the judicial officers listed below. They will also need to bring a valid marriage license issued on Dec. 6 and two adult witnesses. To schedule with one of the Superior Court judges, please call their bailiff at the number below.

To schedule weddings on a later date, refer to the complete list of judicial officers available to perform weddings.

Judicial Officers who will be available on Dec. 9:

• Judge Mary Yu: 12:01 a.m. to 7 a.m. (296-9275)

• Judge Kimberley Prochnau: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (296-9260)

• Judge Carol Schapira: 10:30 to noon (296-9150)

• Judge Richard McDermott: 11 a.m. 1 p.m. (296-9115)

• Judge Bruce Heller: noon to 4 p.m. (296-9085)

• Commissioner Meg Sassaman : noon to 4 p.m. (205-3908)

• Judge Judith Ramseyer: 4 p.m. 7 p.m. (296-9213)

• Judge Tim Bradshaw: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (296-9135)

District Court judges will also be available to perform weddings. Call 206-205-9200. As soon as the message begins, press “5” then “4,” to hear information about weddings.

The Recorder’s Office in the King County Administration Building in downtown Seattle will be open for extended hours to serve those seeking marriage licenses:

Friday, Dec. 7: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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