After waiting years—some upwards of 35 or more—the last few hours and minutes of anxious anticipation were joyful. The dozen or so same-sex couples who were first in line to receive marriage licenses in Spokane County on Thursday, some of whom were lined up at 5 a.m., spent their time in line chatting about families, love stories and wedding plans.
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Kelly Lerner and Alli Kingfisher embrace while standing in line for their marriage license, Dec. 6, 2012 at the Spokane County Courthouse. They had arrived at 6 a.m. and were the third couple in line. Margaret Witt and Laurie Johnson, right, were the first couple to receive a license.
Savannah Soreal, a.k.a. Bartley Thomas Dean, current reigning empress of Spokane, was on hand at the Spokane County Auditor’s Office to snap a few pictures on the first day marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples in Washington state.
Alli Kingfisher and Kelly Lerner celebrate in the Spokane County Courthouse hallway after receiving their marriage license, Dec. 6, 2012, at the Spokane County Courthouse. They arrived at 6 a.m. and were the third couple in line.