Same-sex couples begin marrying across the state of Washington

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Associated Press

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 2:30 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — One woman getting married at Seattle City Hall today says: "It's not very private, but very historic." And her bride added "very awesome."

Same-sex couples have been reciting wedding vows at events across Washington state today. It's the first day they can legally marry since the state's gay marriage law took effect.

About 140 couples registered to marry at Seattle City Hall, which set up five separate chapels to accommodate the revelers. Sixteen local judges volunteered to officiate the weddings.

Starting at 10 a.m., cheers and applause regularly broke out as another couple's marriage became official. Weddings at city hall are to continue through 5 p.m. Pacific time.

Mayor Mike McGinn greeted couples as they arrived, calling it a "great" and "joyous day." He says: "A new civil right is going to be recognized in this great civil institution."

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068-c-14-(Rachel La Corte, AP correspondent)-"full of weddings"-AP correspondent Rachel La Corte reports same-sex couples are getting ready to tie the knot at the courthouse in Seatte. (9 Dec 2012)

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070-c-10-(Rachel La Corte, AP correspondent)-"could get married"-AP correspondent Rachel La Corte reports court houses in King and Thurston Counties started marrying same-sex couple just after midnight. (9 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO WAET116: Judge Karli Kristine Jorgensen, center, applauds as she declares Corianton Hale, left, and Keith Bacon to be wed at Seattle City Hall, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Seattle. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a voter-approved law legalizing gay marriage Wednesday, Dec. 5 and weddings for gay and lesbian couples began in Washington on Sunday, following the three-day waiting period after marriage licenses were issued earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (9 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO WAET117: Newlyweds Corianton Hale, left, and Keith Bacon raise their arms in celebration after marrying at Seattle City Hall, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Seattle. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a voter-approved law legalizing gay marriage Wednesday, Dec. 5 and weddings for gay and lesbian couples began in Washington on Sunday, following the three-day waiting period after marriage licenses were issued earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (9 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO WAET112: Retired U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Nancy Monahan, right, wears her dress uniform as she leans to kiss her soon-to-be bride Deb Needham while they wait at Seattle City Hall to become among the first gay couples to legally wed in Washington state, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Seattle. The couple is from Renton, Wash. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a voter-approved law legalizing gay marriage Dec. 5 and weddings for gay and lesbian couples began in Washington on Sunday, following the three-day waiting period after marriage licenses were issued earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (9 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO WAET118: Cindy Ogasawara stands with other well-wishers greeting newly married couples as they depart Seattle City Hall, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Seattle. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a voter-approved law legalizing gay marriage Wednesday, Dec. 5 and weddings for gay and lesbian couples began in Washington on Sunday, following the three-day waiting period after marriage licenses were issued earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (9 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO WAET122: Liam, right, and Richard Sauer-Wooden kiss on the steps of Seattle City Hall after getting married, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Seattle. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a voter-approved law legalizing gay marriage Wednesday, Dec. 5 and weddings for gay and lesbian couples began in Washington on Sunday, following the three-day waiting period after marriage licenses were issued earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (9 Dec 2012)

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