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Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen are First Same Sex Couple to Get Marriage License in Washington State

Shortly after midnight on Wednesday night, grandparents Jane Abbott Lighty, 77, and Pete-e Petersen, 85, became the first same sex couple in Washington State to get a marriage license, reports

The two women, both nurses, are now allowed to marry under Washington State law because Referendum 47 was approved by voters in November by 54 percent.

Lighty said: “To have our 35-year loving relationship publicly honored and celebrated and have this be a legal marriage means everything to both of us."

Petersen added: "In our marriage ceremony Sunday evening, both of us will be honored and privileged to represent not only ourselves but the greater community."

Same sex couples can get their marriage licenses on December 6, but because of the mandatory 3-day waiting period, the weddings won’t take place until Sunday.

Jane and Pete-e also starred in an ad (video below) supporting  Referendum 47.


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