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Many county offices opened at midnight on Thursday, the first day that same-sex marriage licenses can be issued in Washington state.
Seattle gay marriage

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 6: Jane Abbott Lighty, left, and Pete-e Petersen embrace after receiving the first same-sex marriage license in Washington state at the King County Recorder's Office on December 6, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The office opened at 12:01 a.m. to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for the first time after Washington voters chose to legalize gay marriage in November's election. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

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