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VIDEO: Same-Sex Couples Get First Marriage Licenses in Pierce County

By 7 a.m. on the first day of legal gay marriage in Washington state, 28 couples had received licenses in Pierce County.

On the first day of legal gay marriage in Washington state, the early morning crowd at the Pierce County Auditor’s Office was small, but warm.

After each couple received their marriage license, they were greeted with a round of cheers and applause from state employees and well-wishers standing in the licensing office.

By 7:05 a.m., 28 gay couples had received their marriage licenses, already surpassing the average 15 per day the licensing office typically serves, said chief deputy auditor Lori Augino.

Most of the couples hailed from Tacoma, but a few traveled from Gig Harbor, Puyallup and University Place to get their marriage licenses early on Thursday morning.

Tacoma residents Sherry Bockwinkel and Cindee Moore are getting married on Sunday.

“It’s a great day. It’s just so overwhelming, hard to put into words," Bockwinkel said. “We waited 21 years for this day."

Both Bockwinkel and Moore understood the significance of their union early Thursday morning, not only to themselves, but to the country and community.

“It’s going to take a while for every state to go through its thing, and the federal government to get it together, but it takes small steps to make change,” said Moore. “Being a pioneer can be a pain, but I’m glad we made it this far.”

Brandi Toups and Rae Cardenas from Tacoma received their marriage license this morning. The couple has been together for a year and will be getting married on Monday.

“We just love each other, and [Brandi] is my best friend, someone that I can share anything with, everything with,” said Cardenas. “We just decided that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. It’s empowering that we get the same rights to be married as a man and a woman do."

Pastors from The Bridge Methodist Church in Tacoma were on hand in bright rainbow stoles to celebrate with the couples and share handshakes and hugs.

“This is a great day for the gay community. I am gay, and it is amazing we are finally recognized as equals,” said Pastor Kelvin Brown.

The Bridge is offering free weddings from noon until 9 p.m. this Sunday in Tacoma.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you all,” said Laurie Jinkens, legislative representative for the 27th District. “So many couples have waited a lifetime to be able to do this. They’ll never forget you, and we’ll never forget you.”

Gail December 14, 2012 at 04:33 AM
This comment never showed up and reply was deleted where it was posted again. Jeanne, that animal link actually doesn't prove anything. Animals also murder at will. In fact, it's quite NORMAL. Does that make it right for humans? Just try to be a bit more logical in all this. Joshua is spot on with his observations. Tossing him in the 'bigot' category is not only illogical but shows a great deal of duplicity/bigotry on the part of those that do so. I don't like broccoli either. I bet that at least 50% find this topic something that touches on a negative area of their psyche. Just the way it is. NOTHING will ever change that. Will they publicly say this? I doubt it. One of those things that is not a positive at all in how our society is changing. Next thing it will be OK to sniff behinds like my dog does. Isn't that OK? Remember, some people really like to do that, why can't they? P.S. That video is missing one important element that only a woman would know, but not a gay man - it doesn't even cross their mind. A gay man is definitely NOT what a woman is looking for. Funny when I think about it - yet it described perfectly the difference.
Jeanne Gustafson December 14, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Gail, your latest comment is showing up at the end of the thread. I can see it, along with these two replies. If some of your comments aren't showing up, let's email the editor of your home site and see if we can figure it out. I'll send Lisa Baumann a note for you. I didn't delete any of your comments.
Gail December 14, 2012 at 04:53 AM
There's an issue with the patch updating page contents. You have a problem here. If I look with another browser there are comments that do not show (such as yours somewhere that only show on home page) and comments that should not show that I deleted. They are deleted when signed in, but still show up when signed out. Pretty weird and confusing.
Jeanne Gustafson December 14, 2012 at 04:56 AM
I know sometimes it takes a bit of time for the comment stream to refresh. Thanks for the feedback, I'll send it along to our tech team.
Gail December 14, 2012 at 04:57 AM
OK, your comment just showed up, but I knew you commented from the excerpt from home page. Your comment was not visible for a few minutes. Odd that the extract shows up and yet not the actual comment.

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