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Dan Savage Has His Washington State Marriage License In Hand


Dan Savage and husband Terry Miller tied the knot in Canada in 2005, but now that same-sex marriage is legal in Washington State, the men are ready for another go.

A reader passed along these shots of gay and lesbian couples receiving their wedding licenses this morning, the first day they've been available, and Savage and Miller were one of the first couples there.

"It's really a remarkable journey we've been on and such a remarkable sea change," Savage told the Seattle P-I. "And not just for gay people, but straight people have changed, too. It's gotten better for us because straight people have gotten better about us."

In light of the legal change, Savage has helped organize the transformation of Seattle City Hall to host free weddings this Sunday.

Check out a few more shots of couples receiving their Washington state marriage licenses AFTER THE JUMP.

[Above image via Slog]






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  1. Congratulations, Dan!!!

    Posted by: dattexas | Dec 6, 2012 8:19:21 AM

  2. Dan, you and your loved one deserve a life of happiness, health, abundance and perfect love for all the comfort, support and help you have offered to our young and vulnerable.

    Posted by: bamjaya | Dec 6, 2012 8:25:16 AM

  3. Congrats to all those now eligible for same-sex marriage licenses. Today - Washington state, tomorrow (or the day/year/decade after) - Texas!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Dec 6, 2012 8:40:05 AM

  4. I smile because I am so happy for all the couples who will now have the same rights that my husband and I do. I cry because of all the friends that did not live to see this day. A lifetime of happiness to everyone who finally can declare their love for one another.

    Posted by: Lifesart | Dec 6, 2012 8:55:00 AM

  5. I really do like Dan Savage, but I can't help but note he is wearing a hoodie to his own (legal) wedding. It has always bugged me when he's gone on national television to espouse equality, and can't even show his hosts (or viewers) the respect of wearing a collar (much less a tie). I guess he is at least smashing the stereotype that all gay guys are natty dressers. Keep up the good work Dan, but perhaps you can help the cause by looking like you take it a little more seriously.

    Posted by: Wil | Dec 6, 2012 9:06:55 AM

  6. @ Wil - They are getting their marriage licenses, not getting married. Most people don't dress up to get their licenses.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 6, 2012 9:10:26 AM

  7. How can you get married twice, if you're already legally married? I mean, marriages in Canada are recognized, it was the question of "gay marriage" that wasn't recognized, but now Washington State recognizes gay marriage, therefore it fully recognizes their already existing marriage up across the border -- so, how do they get a second marriage licence???

    How many times can you get legally married? How many marriages licences can you have, is a "collect 'em all" kinda of thing? (as opposed to "renewing the vows.")

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Dec 6, 2012 9:56:02 AM

  8. That's a good question Randal.

    Posted by: Rev. Dr. Verdon Coleman | Dec 6, 2012 10:06:24 AM

  9. @ Randall Oulton - One for each state? Kinda like how some people collect license plates. Or spooons!

    Posted by: GeoffreyPS | Dec 6, 2012 10:08:09 AM

  10. @Randal Oulton, WILL Washington state recognize Canadian gay marriages? Even if they do there may be other states that don't but make some minor concession for unions performed in a US state.

    That's the ridiculous thing about this state-by-state approach. (Not to criticize the victories in various states, just the situation.) Can you imagine what an ugly patchwork of laws might have resulted if interracial marriage had been decided this way? A couple driving across the country could have their marriage negated or changed every time they crossed from one state to another.

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 6, 2012 10:12:51 AM

  11. My eyes are watery for some reason. I guess I need to dust more.

    Posted by: Latebrosus | Dec 6, 2012 10:17:44 AM

  12. How exciting! congrats to all on their upcoming nuptials!

    Posted by: Mercedes | Dec 6, 2012 10:25:43 AM

  13. @ Wil you are right, what people wear is a very important topic. Among the shallow.

    Posted by: Sam Armstrong | Dec 6, 2012 10:25:58 AM

  14. Dan Savage can't pick his nose without publicizing it.

    Posted by: keating | Dec 6, 2012 10:26:17 AM

  15. lovely! everyone, and i mean everyone, should read Savage's book "The Commitment"

    it's funny, touching, and beautifully human.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 6, 2012 11:13:20 AM

  16. Congratulation to Dan and Terry.

    Posted by: Adam | Dec 6, 2012 11:13:30 AM

  17. @Keating: He didn't post that photo. It was with a group of other photos of people getting their marriage licenses.

    Posted by: RyanInWyo | Dec 6, 2012 12:13:13 PM

  18. It's Seatle, where many consider a clean hoodie formal wear.

    Posted by: melvin | Dec 6, 2012 12:22:21 PM

  19. dan savage can't pick his nose without some anonymous miseryguts complaining about it.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 6, 2012 12:27:29 PM

  20. You can get married in each state if you like, but most licenses will have on their questionnaire a line about being already married in another state. This is largely a question of preventing bigamy, but would have no legal impact on a "duplicate" license. It would not affect divorce, since divorce is covered by the laws of the state the divorce is filed in, not the state the marriage was licensed in.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 6, 2012 1:15:13 PM

  21. @Caliban it did take decades of state by state work to abolish prohibitions on interracial marriage. The California Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage in that state 20 years before Loving v Virginia. Other states followed with legislative or judicial repeal until only a minority of states still prohibited it in 1967 at the time of Loving.

    Posted by: Brian | Dec 6, 2012 1:20:29 PM

  22. I also think that until the states are forced to recognize each other's marriage certificates (14th ammendment) it is important to have a license from your own state, if available. It gives you better standing IF the law is changed to remove the marriage right.

    Posted by: GeoffreyPS | Dec 6, 2012 2:05:45 PM

  23. Well the last time I checked Canada was a foreign country. Dan and Terry did marry in Vancouver I believe. Why do we need to focus on their marriage in Canada versus the opportunity to focus on the pure joy that THREE states VOTED to approve marriage equality. That is a BIG deal and I for one am going to be happy and excited about it.

    Posted by: Steve Chapman | Dec 6, 2012 8:45:43 PM

  24. Just remember all you GRUBS (Gay Republicans) - gay marriage in these states is happening because of DEMOCRATS ! Don't forget that. If you are a GRUB getting married in one of thes states don't forget to thank a DEMOCRAT for standing up for you !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Dec 7, 2012 12:22:53 AM

  25. Brian - that you for that information on Loving, I had no idea the trail was that various - and who can ever get over the irony of that name? Talk about a synchronous message from the Universe.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Dec 7, 2012 1:50:46 AM

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