Two Seattle women became the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in King County, Wash. Thursday morning, CNN reports.
Pete-e Petersen, 85, and Jane Abbott Lighty, 77, finally legitimized their 35-year relationship thanks to Washington voters approving Referendum 74 a month ago, CNN said.
Marriage licenses for same-sex couples were issued in Washington on Thursday, and will begin being issued on Dec. 29 in Maine and Jan. 1 in Maryland, according to CNN.
However, gay couples planning to get married on Jan. 1 in Maryland will be able to get post-dated marriage licenses as early as Thursday in some counties, according to officials reported by the Washington Post.
According to an opinion issued by the state Attorney General's office, clerks can issue licenses early for couples who want to wed on New Year's Day as soons as the governor formally declares that Question 6 was passed by voters, the Post said.
Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to sign such a proclamation Thursday morning, according to the Washington Post.
Clerks in about two-thirds of the state's counties plan to issue licenses before Jan. 1, reports the Post.