Sex-advice columnist Dan Savage and partner Terry Miller were one of the first couples to line up for their marriage certificates in King County early Thursday morning. The inspired couple started the It Gets Better Project in the fall of 2010 to help prevent LGBT youth suicide.
Savage told the Seattle PI, “It’s really a remarkable journey we’ve been on and such a remarkable sea change,” said Savage, who’s also known for his sex-advice column in the alternative newspaper The Stranger and other works. “And not just for gay people, but straight people have changed, too. It’s gotten better for us because straight people have gotten better about us.”
According to the PI, the first marriage license in King County was issued at 12:01am, and by 3:30am 212 had been issued, breaking the single-day record. Typically the county issues between 75 and 100 marriage licenses per day, but by 6:45am Thursday the count surpassed 300.
Savage added, “…it turned out that marriage equality passed by a wider margin here in Washington State than the other three states where there was a marriage vote. That was really thrilling and affirming, and we’ve worked really hard to bring Washington State around.”
The first couple to sign their marriage licensing paperwork in King County Thursday had waited 35 years to do so. Pete-e Petersen, 85, and Jane Abbott Lighty, 77, made history. The world watched as they waited for the doors to open just after midnight.
“It’s been a long journey,” Petersen said. “We’re so excited to know we’ll get a license and then get married on Sunday.”
“This is a very important and historic day in the great state of Washington. For many years now, we’ve said, ‘One more step. One more step.’ This is our last step,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said. “To the couples that are here today that will finally be treated with the equality they’ve deserved for many years, congratulations to each of you.”