On December 9, 2012, same-sex marriage became legal in Washington State, one of the first states to do so by popular vote. Wedding ceremonies began at 12:01 a.m. that day. My friend Florangela Davila, an independent radio journalist, and I were at the King County Courthouse to document the wedding ceremonies performed by Judge Mary Yu. We were there from midnight until 7:30a.m. covering all the couples exchanging vows throughout the early morning hours. We produced a multimedia project titled “Twelve Nine Twelve” that was picked up by KPLU, a local Seattle NPR station, as well as being posted on the national NPR Facebook page. Click here to view the entire piece.
Jenelle Forde and Jodi Hyde walk through a cascade of bubbles after their ceremony.
Judge Mary Yu performs a wedding ceremony for Sherry Bockwinkel and Cindee Moore.
Brendan Taga and Jesse Page hold hands during their ceremony.
Jesse Page embraces his new spouse, Brendan Taga, after their wedding ceremony.
Cynthia Wallace and Julie Fein walk “down the aisle.” Julie is wearing a veil that their neighbor gave them that evening.
Daphne Draayer and Vanessa Williams show off their marriage certificate.
Leanne Corcoran and Rachel Ligtenberg watch as their young daughters sign the marriage certificate.
Anthony Delos and Andrew Heidke are married as they “Facetime” with Anthony’s mother in Milwaukee.
Tamara Neely and Caitlin Tinney with their hand-made wedding sashes, leave the courthouse.
Stephanie Lyon and Margaret Ryan exit the King County Courthouse after being married by Judge Mary Yu.