Gay marriage becomes legal

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Celebratory button of marriage

Happy couples say, "I do" as Washington state starts issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Washington is one of just nine states to legally recognize gay marriage. The others are Maine, Minnesota, Iowa, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland and the District of Columbia. See gallery

A button celebrating the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples is displayed Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Seattle.

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Just Married

Junia Ribeiro, 51, and Patty Oh, 43, celebrate as they leave the King County Administration Building shortly after getting their marriage license in Seattle, Wash. on Dec. 6, 2012.

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Marriage Licensing

King County Executive Dow Constantine speaks to reporters about issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Dec. 6 just after midnight in Seattle.

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Saying I do

Jane Abbott Lighty, left, and Pete-e Petersen raise their right hands as they take an oath while receiving the first marriage license for a same-sex couple in King County, Wash., on Dec. 6.

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All dressed up to marry

Brendon K. Taga, left, and Jesse Page display their marriage license issued by King County Executive Dow Constantine, right, just after midnight on Dec. 6.

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The wait is over

Melody Platt, left, and Beratta Gomillion wait in line among the first couples to be issued marriage licenses.

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Newly issued license

Claudia Gorbman, left, and Pam Keeley wear caps both reading "bride" as they display their newly-issued marriage license, Dec. 6, in Seattle. 

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Roses for each other

Mark Smith, 39, and Todd Manoli, 36, who have been together since high school, stand in line with more than 200 other couples in Seattle for the midnight issuing of marriage licenses.

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Flowers and bubbly to celebrate

A young couple holds flowers and a bottle of sparkling wine while waiting to be among the first to be issued same-sex marriage licenses in Seattle.

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Hundreds of couples wait to marry

Terry Gilbert, 55, and Paul Beppler, 52, stand in line for the midnight issuing of marriage licenses in Seattle.

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Kissing brides

Amy Andrews, right, wears a veil while kissing Jeri Andrews as the couple waits in line to be issued a marriage license.