Photos of the Day

image of two elderly white women holding up their marriage license
Jane Abbott Lighty, left, and her partner of 35 years, Pete-e Petersen of West Seattle, hold the very first same-sex marriage license, signed for them by King County Executive Dow Constantine, as the King County Recorder's office starts to issue same-sex marriage licensing at 12:01 A.M. Thursday December 6, 2012. Lighty and Petersen will wed in a special ceremony at Benaroya Hall featuring the Seattle Men's Chorus on Sunday night. [Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times]
image of two late middle-aged men with long beards holding up their hands to swear to honesty while applying for a marriage license
Larry Duncan, 56, and Randy Shepherd, 48, apply for a marriage license in the King County Administration Building. Originally from Dallas, Texas, they told photographer Meryl Schenker they moved to Washington 7 years ago because it was more gay friendly. [Meryl Schenker/via]
image of two young women, one a woman of color and one who appears to be white, hugging each other in an elevator while holding a newly acquired marriage license, and wiping away tears
Kelly Middleton, 24, and her partner Amanda Dollente, 29, embrace after they received their marriage license at the King County Administration Building on Thursday, December 6, 2012. [Joshua Trujillo/]
a middle-aged white woman smiles while holding up her marriage license
Kim Hinken, of Edgewater, MD, holds the marriage license she obtained Thursday in Anne Arundel County Circuit in Annapolis, MD, to marry her partner, Adrianne Eathorne. [Brian Witte/AP]
Congratulations, Washington and Maryland!!!

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