Love Wins! Gay Weddings Began Today In Washington State

Washington State (and Seattle, especially) was bursting at the seams with joyful gay weddings today.

Voters legalized state recognition of same-sex marriage on Election Day, couples were able to get marriage licences on Thursday, and (after the mandatory three-day waiting period) today was the first day same-sex couples could legally get married within Washington State.

Normally, state and county offices wouldn’t be available to marry couples on a Sunday, but droves of judges have volunteered their time to marry couples for free. The Stranger, a local newspaper, even donated volunteer hours and money to create wedding boutiques around Seattle’s City Hall.

For all of you who love weddings — and maybe even have a tendency to cry at every one you attend — here is a stream of happy couples who now have their wedding licenses. For more pictures, you can check out the coverage from The Seattle Times, The Tacoma TribuneThe Stranger, Komo News, and this community Flickr pool. Update: More pictures from The Stranger and BuzzFeed.

About Ericka M. Johnson

As a lover of science and reason, Ericka M. Johnson has an affinity for evolutionary biology and is the president of Seattle Atheists. She revels in any opportunity for a thoughtful debate on the meaning of life, the universe, and everything (especially over a pint.) Follow her on twitter @ErickaMJohnson