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December 6, 2012
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Jessica Lee, left, 19, and Ashley Cavner, 21, of Vancouver, Wash. were the first in line in Clark County as marriage licenses for same-sex couples were issued for the first time in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 in Vancouver, Wash. Washington state now joins several other states that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a voter-approved law legalizing gay marriage. Because the state has a three-day waiting period, the earliest that weddings can take place is Sunday.

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Kim Hinken, of Edgewater, Md., holds the marriage license she obtained Thursday in Anne Arundel County Circuit in Annapolis, Md., to marry her same-sex partner, Adrianne Eathorne. It was the first day same-sex couples could get a Maryland marriage license, which will be effective Jan. 1, when the law takes effect. Hinken, pictured in the courthouse chapel, was the person to get a same-sex marriage license in Anne Arundel County.