November 27, 2012 in Region

Washington drafting same-sex marriage certificates

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OLYMPIA — The Washington state Health Department will be changing marriage and divorce certificates in response to the same-sex marriage law that takes effect Dec. 6.

Words such as “bride,” “groom,” “husband” and “wife” will likely be gone. The department wants to use gender-neutral terms.

Spokesman Tim Church told KIRO-FM they could be replaced with something like “Spouse A” and “Spouse B.”

The forms will still include gender so the state can track the number of same-sex couples in the state.

The department is asking the public for suggestions. A public hearing on wording marriage certificates will be held Wednesday in Tumwater.

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