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Same-Sex Marriage Washington: Couples Start Getting Marriage Licenses (PHOTOS)

12/06/2012 05:47 pm ET | Updated Dec 06, 2012

For hundreds of same-sex Washington couples wanting to tie the knot, December 6th marked a watershed moment.

Marriage licenses were issued to gay and lesbian couples starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday after the measure to legalize same-sex marriage was signed into law by Gov. Chris Gregoire. Same-sex couples wasted no time exercising their new right to marry, lining up as early as Wednesday afternoon to get a license. Those who have their license can wed as soon as Sunday, following a three-day waiting period.

The King County Recorder's Office in Seattle, Washington doesn't sound like a particularly romantic place, but looking through these photos of the first licensees, you might think otherwise.

Click through the slideshow to see couples in Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver and Olympia wait for, receive and then celebrate their marriage licenses.

Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Issued in Washington For the First Time

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