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Washington Governor to Sign Marriage Equality into Law Today as Dan Savage Plans Mass Seattle Wedding Event


Washington Governor Christine Gregoire plans to sign marriage equality into law there today with gay couples who plan to marry at her side, the AP reports:

C_gregoireGregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed will certify the election on Wednesday afternoon in Olympia. The law doesn't actually take effect until Thursday, when gay and lesbian couples can start picking up their wedding certificates and licenses at county auditors' offices. King and Thurston Counties will open the earliest of any of the counties, at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

Because the state has a three-day waiting period, the earliest that marriage certificates can be signed at a wedding or ceremony, making the marriage valid, is Sunday.

And on Sunday, a major event is going down at City Hall in Seattle, where more than 140 couples will marry in a wedding chapel setting conceived by Dan Savage and executed by set designer Jen Zeyl.

Writes Dan on Slog:

Jen and her team are busily preparing to move in and quickly transform City Hall on Saturday night so that everyone is ready by 10 AM Sunday morning. There are other wedding events in Seattle on December 9, but most seem to be charging the couples who want to marry. This event—thanks to the mayor, his team, the judges, Jen Zeyl and her crew, folks at the Stranger (Carey, Tone, Renee, Tim, Laurie, et al), and everyone who has donated—is the only one I know about that is completely free for the couples getting married. We've almost reached our fundraising goal to help cover expenses. Please consider kicking in a few bucks to help make City Hall—and the day—beautiful for all the lucky couples planning to marry.

Should be quite a celebration.

Watch Dan discuss the plans, AFTER THE JUMP...

Help Artists create Beautiful Intimate Wedding Environments for the First Day of WA State Marriage Equality on Dec. 9!! from wes hurley on Vimeo.


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  1. A mass wedding? Is Rev. Moon still alive? What a lame idea.

    Posted by: keating | Dec 5, 2012 9:58:25 AM

  2. Don't like it? Don't do it. Simple as that.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Dec 5, 2012 10:20:32 AM

  3. It's not a "mass wedding" in the Moonie sense, Keating. They are constructing multiple "pop-up" chapels so that each couple will be married one at a time, one after another.

    It may be a bit "assembly line," but it's not a mass wedding. No one wants that or would stand for it.

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 5, 2012 10:39:43 AM

  4. Marriage is a Civil Right for all people, it is not just a "straight right" for the few anti-gay Christians who want to keep it only for them and not for LGBT people.

    Posted by: Larry | Dec 5, 2012 11:24:55 AM

  5. Yes LARRY we know that!

    Isn't there a big wedding day in Olympia on the 15th?

    Posted by: UFFDA | Dec 5, 2012 11:53:34 AM

  6. keating I was going to say the same only it occurred to me that Savage, not Moon, is the Second Coming.

    Posted by: peter | Dec 5, 2012 12:23:13 PM

  7. Hallelujah! This is a wonderful day for all families.

    Posted by: DB | Dec 5, 2012 1:19:21 PM

  8. Whether performed one at a time or all at once, a mass wedding ceremony is a mass wedding ceremony and it's a tacky publicity stunt. Which explains why Dan Savage is involved!

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Dec 5, 2012 1:22:54 PM

  9. "Whether performed one at a time or all at once, a mass wedding ceremony is a mass wedding ceremony and it's a tacky publicity stunt. Which explains why Dan Savage is involved!"

    What are you stuffed with, fecal matter?

    Gay couples showing up the MOMENT their marriages can be legal to declare the legitimacy of their love and relationships is a powerful demonstration of how much it was wanted and needed. Rather than doing it in a featureless office they have the option to do it with a little pomp and ceremony. No on is forcing them to do it then and there, it's merely offered as an option.

    Tell me, is there ANYTHING done by the gay community that you DON'T b*tch and complain about? Because if there is I must have missed it.

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 5, 2012 1:34:32 PM

  10. Very good post, and I like your points. However I do think that lists still have some merit, but the poster should try to make the list original and explain every point on the list in detail.

    Posted by: affirmations for success | Dec 6, 2012 1:17:09 AM

  11. Even if, like me, you don't like the wedding factory of Las Vegas, I think this idea of a mass wedding is fabulous!

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 6, 2012 11:43:57 AM

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