SEATTLE — Scores of same-sex couples crowded Seattle City Hall for a day of wedding ceremonies on Sunday, the first day they could marry after the state’s voter-approved gay marriage law took effect.
While numerous weddings were taking place across the state, both private and public, the City Hall weddings were the largest public event, with more than 130 couples taking part. The city set up five separate chapels to accommodate the revelers. From 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., cheers and applause regularly broke out as marriages became official.
After couples married, they exited City Hall, greeted by a steady rain and dozens of supporters who shouted “congratulations" and offered flowers as they descended a large staircase to the street.