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Washington state begins issuing gay marriage licenses

Lesbian couple together 35 years is first to receive certificate

Seattle, WA — Shortly after midnight on Thursday, two Seattle women became the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in Washington state. 

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Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen 
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Jane Abbott Lightly, 85, and Pete-e Petersen, 77, met on a blind date in 1977 and have been together for 35-years. 

"We're so excited to know we'll get a license to get married on Sunday," Peterson told a cheering crowd outside the King County courthouse. 

The King County Recorders Office expects a record number of marriage licenses to be issued on Thursday. 

Last month voters in the state approved a referendum legalizing same-sex marriage. Washington state is one of three states to approve same-sex marriage through popular vote. Nine states and the District of Columbia now recognized same-sex marriage.

A new Gallup poll released Wednesday shows support for marriage equality has reached an all-time high, with 53 percent of Americans in support. 

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Related: Could Illinois be next to legalize same-sex marriage? A new poll shows growing support. (Full story)
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