- ALREADY THERE Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen of West Seattle, the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in King County after gay marriage was legalized in 2012.
A reminder to all domestic partners (*except those of you in domestic partnerships where at least one person is age 62 or over), from the Washington Secretary of State's office:
On June 30, same-sex domestic partnerships in which both partners are under 62 years of age will be converted to marriage... The conversion process was included in Referendum 74, approved by voters in 2012 to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington.
The Secretary of State estimates between 3,000 and 4,000 couples in Washington State will be auto-married as the old category of non-senior "domestic partners" is legally done away with. If you're feeling huffy about this categorical deletion, remember that part of the argument for gay marriage was that our system of "domestic partnership" essentially created a second-class citizenship for gay couples. No more. Congratulations to all the about-to-be-wed-whether-they-like-it-or-not partners!