Marriage licenses for same-sex couples

December 6, 2012 11:56 a.m.  •  0 comments

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.

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Margaret Witt and Laurie Johnson approach the counter to be the first same-sex couple to obtain their marriage license, Dec. 6, 2012, at the Spokane County Courthouse.

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Laurie Johnson and Margaret Witt celebrate obtaining their marriage license, Dec. 6, 2012, at the Spokane County Courthouse.

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Laurie Johnson and Margaret Witt celebrate obtaining their marriage license, Dec. 6, 2012, at the Spokane County Courthouse.

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Spokane television media gather in the Spokane County Auditor’s Office to record the issuing of the first marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Dec. 6, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

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Chase Lawrence and Chris Henry are overcome with emotion as they wait at the court to receive their marriage license, Dec. 6, 2012, at the Spokane County Courthouse.

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Wedding decorations and cookies greeted couples entering the Spokane County Auditor’s Office to pick up their marriage licenses, Dec. 6, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

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Alli Kingfisher and Kelly Lerner explode in celebration in the Spokane County Auditor’s Office after receiving their marriage license, Dec. 6, 2012 at the Spokane County Courthouse.

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Kelly Lerner and Alli Kingfisher emerge from the Spokane County Auditor’s Office after receiving their marriage license, Dec. 6, 2012, at the Spokane County Courthouse.

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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.

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Applause breaks out in the Spokane County Auditor’s Office as another same-sex couple is issued a marriage license, Dec. 6, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

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Dani Lord-Flynn and Shilo Reed embrace after being issued a marriage license, Dec. 6, 2012, at the Spokane County Auditor’s Office.

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Wes Johnson and Robert Franklin pause for an interview after being issued a marriage license, Dec. 6, 2012, at the Spokane County Courthouse. They have been together for the past 35 years.

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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.

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Chris Henry and Chase Lawrence walk arm and arm out the front doors of the Spokane County Courthouse after they received their marriage license.

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