First marriage licenses issued to gay couples in Washington state

Dozens of same-sex couples obtained their marriage licenses in Washington state early Thursday, just hours after Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a law legalizing gay marriage in the state

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Couples hold flowers and bottles of champagne while waiting to be among the first to be issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Seattle. King County Executive Dow Constantine was to began issuing the licenses just after midnight, Dec. 6, immediately upon certification of the November election that passed Referendum 74 allowing same-sex couples to wed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Photo by Elaine Thompson
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