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VIDEO: Same-Sex Couples Get First Marriage Licenses in Pierce County

By 7 a.m. on the first day of legal gay marriage in Washington state, 28 couples had received licenses in Pierce County.

On the first day of legal gay marriage in Washington state, the early morning crowd at the Pierce County Auditor’s Office was small, but warm.

After each couple received their marriage license, they were greeted with a round of cheers and applause from state employees and well-wishers standing in the licensing office.

By 7:05 a.m., 28 gay couples had received their marriage licenses, already surpassing the average 15 per day the licensing office typically serves, said chief deputy auditor Lori Augino.

Most of the couples hailed from Tacoma, but a few traveled from Gig Harbor, Puyallup and University Place to get their marriage licenses early on Thursday morning.

Tacoma residents Sherry Bockwinkel and Cindee Moore are getting married on Sunday.

“It’s a great day. It’s just so overwhelming, hard to put into words," Bockwinkel said. “We waited 21 years for this day."

Both Bockwinkel and Moore understood the significance of their union early Thursday morning, not only to themselves, but to the country and community.

“It’s going to take a while for every state to go through its thing, and the federal government to get it together, but it takes small steps to make change,” said Moore. “Being a pioneer can be a pain, but I’m glad we made it this far.”

Brandi Toups and Rae Cardenas from Tacoma received their marriage license this morning. The couple has been together for a year and will be getting married on Monday.

“We just love each other, and [Brandi] is my best friend, someone that I can share anything with, everything with,” said Cardenas. “We just decided that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. It’s empowering that we get the same rights to be married as a man and a woman do."

Pastors from The Bridge Methodist Church in Tacoma were on hand in bright rainbow stoles to celebrate with the couples and share handshakes and hugs.

“This is a great day for the gay community. I am gay, and it is amazing we are finally recognized as equals,” said Pastor Kelvin Brown.

The Bridge is offering free weddings from noon until 9 p.m. this Sunday in Tacoma.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you all,” said Laurie Jinkens, legislative representative for the 27th District. “So many couples have waited a lifetime to be able to do this. They’ll never forget you, and we’ll never forget you.”

David Dodge December 08, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Yuck? You know what's "yuck"? People who can't just be happy for the other people because they just can't handle the idea of gay people. This isn't about you and your prejudices. If you don't like it, don't marry someone of the same sex. Other people's lives are just that: their own. Their lives do not affect you one way or another. So keep your bigotry to yourself. I'm also going to take a leap, here, and guess that your "not right" comment means that you are Christian. Isn't it funny how the most vocally intolerant people are Christians. Odd, huh? It's supposed to be a religion of love and peace, but the people who practice it most concentrate on judging others. Judgment isn't up to you, now is it? You should also keep in mind that it is your religion, not everyone's religion. And while I respect your right to follow your faith, I don't respect your desire to impose your religious beliefs on others. So keep your insulting bigotry to yourself, lest all eyes turn to judge you.
David Dodge December 08, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Yeah, bigotry does destroy civilization, doesn't it? Ugh!
Jeanne Gustafson December 08, 2012 at 10:40 PM
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Priya Sinha December 09, 2012 at 02:05 AM
CONGRATS! Best wishes!
dexterjibs December 09, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Jeanne, did I miss the profanity or was it deleted? If it was deleted, was it someone who disagrees with this new law that fits the lowest common denominator of this society or was it someone who agrees with this new law that fits the lowest common denominator of this society? Can you say Sodom and Gomorrha?
Jeanne Gustafson December 09, 2012 at 07:34 AM
It was deleted, dexterjibs.
Jason F. December 10, 2012 at 08:13 AM
The destruction of marriage as an entity of protection for the family unit in which only a man and a woman can procreate and create a family, yes this destroys society. This has nothing to do with "civil rights" or "equality" or any other labeled term people want to distract us with. This is based on solely secular biology that we must continue to procreate to survive. This is survival of the fittest. And as a human being I want our humanity to continue, I want the US to continue.... Homosexual couples are not equal to heterosexual couples. Again, secular biology, they cannot naturally bear children at all, ever, no matter what. Marriage is a privilege not a right afforded only to family units. I could care less that you're gay and kissing all over my TV right now...this debate is just so skewed. No bigotry, just simple biology, and I'm really sad homosexuals are so selfish they can't see this. Domestic Partnerships afforded much of the same legal tax breaks anyways, the whole point was to "shove it" in the face of the majority of the country that homosexuals have a very real campaign to indoctrinate us with their agenda. It didn't work, if you feel that this will further homosexuality, you are wrong.
Jason F. December 10, 2012 at 08:20 AM
Equal is such a loaded term. Are you equal to me? As human beings, yes, we have established we want to treat all people equally. However, there are many many many many applications in our society where it is very encouraged to not treat situations equally. Marriage is one of them. This isn't a question of of human equality. This is a question of are homosexual relationships equal to heterosexual relationships? And the answer is no. Are they equal as human beings? Yes. A man and a man cannot biologically pro-create. They in the eyes of nature, are a drag to society. Not my views, simply the secular biological truth of animal instincts. If you don't contribute to the tribe, you detract from the tribe. There is no inbetween. Now before you make the mistake of jumping on the bandwagon of hetero couples that "can't" have children, this isn't about them. A hetero couple that "can't" have children are exempt from any of this because they "Should" be able to have children biologically, they just can't for a number of reasons. Homosexual couples can NEVER have children biologically in the confines of their relationship. They must ALWAYS step outside of their relationship to acquire offspring. This is why they are not equal. The birds and the bees....
Jason F. December 10, 2012 at 08:25 AM
David, I am pretty disappointed that you in the midst of your "tolerance" speech chose to degrade a federally protected religious group. Your ironic behavior does not bring credit upon you or your community. Quite the opposite Sir. And if you need a lesson in how this AFFECTS EVERYBODY, then please read my posts below. Homosexuality attacking humanity's existence has consequences, terrible terrible consequences for all of us. So yes I will absolutely stick my nose in your business. Primarily because your nose is out in the public limelight attempting to further your agenda publicly. Do whatever you want in your home, You bring it to the street. It's my business now too.
Jason F. December 10, 2012 at 08:28 AM
Feel free to go to some straight weddings too...those are fun...
Jeanne Gustafson December 10, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I want to thank you for bringing up this point, Wayne, and for those interested in further research on non-reproductive animal sexual behavior, which has been well-documented over many years, I offer this story from National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/07/0722_040722_gayanimal.html
Wayne Kinney December 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM
(Re-posting the comment at the request of the editor. It was accidentally deleted. Thanks for recovering, Caitlin!) Actually, homosexuality is found all through the animal kingdom and human beings are the only species that treat it as if it's something abnormal. In fact, it's quite normal. Joshua B, let me ask you this... would you rather I marry the one I love... or your girlfriend (assuming you have one)? The facts: We are all good looking. I can whip up a 5-course dinner in no time flat and do the tango in between courses. I can give her fashion advice. I can tell her that she needs to put the bucket of chicken down and she'll thank me (rather than slap you). I'm the one she can talk to (probably about you), I'm the shoulder she can cry on (also probably about you), and she would likely tell me about all your shortcomings (no pun intended) so I have a major advantage. Trust me, a gay man makes THE BEST husband. Really take some time to think about the alternative and what you propose as a "normal" marriage and then be thankful we aren't forced to compete in the dating pool. Because it's really no competition--a gay man is EVERYTHING a girl is looking for. So really, I'm just doing you a favor by marrying the man I love. You're welcome.
Caitlin Moran December 10, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Thank you, Wayne, and apologies for deleting your original comment—it was completely accidental. What I had intended to do was reply and say that your sentiment reminded me of this comedy sketch (warning: contains profanity): http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6846855/gay-men-will-marry-your-girlfriends
Wayne Kinney December 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Haha! Caitlin, that's EXACTLY what I was referencing but I didn't know your policy on crosslinking to outside sites. Otherwise, I would have just posted that link. =) The video really does say it so much better than I ever could!
Caitlin Moran December 10, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I also saw a similar sketch at a Second City performance in Chicago a month or so ago. The live version was even better.
Jeanne Gustafson December 11, 2012 at 12:57 AM
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Jeanne Gustafson December 11, 2012 at 01:20 AM
You're welcome to read the terms of use and email me your questions, Chris.
Gail December 11, 2012 at 01:45 AM
This comment somehow won't get past "pending approval" when posted as a continuation. Something's not right here. Jean, that animal link actually doesn't prove anything. Animals also murder at will. In fact, it's quite NORMAL. Does that make it right for humans? Just try to be a bit more logical in all this. Joshua is spot on with his observations. Tossing him in the 'bigot' category is not only illogical but shows a great deal of duplicity/bigotry on the part of those that do so. I don't like broccoli either. I bet that at least 50% find this topic something that touches on a negative area of their psyche. Just the way it is. NOTHING will ever change that. Will they publicly say this? I doubt it. One of those things that is not a positive at all in how our society is changing. Next thing it will be OK to sniff behinds like my dog does. Isn't that OK? Remember, some people really like to do that, why can't they? P.S. That video is missing one important element that only a woman would know, but not a gay man - it doesn't even cross their mind. A gay man is definitely NOT what a woman is looking for. Funny when I think about it - yet it described perfectly the difference.
Jeanne Gustafson December 11, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Gail, what site's page are you commenting on (ie. Renton, etc.), and I can check into the "pending approval" issue, which would be site-specific.
Jason F. December 11, 2012 at 07:35 AM
Wayne, all I read from your comment was that you would be a great husband in a traditional marriage. It's sad that you are not.
Jason F. December 11, 2012 at 07:38 AM
Jeanne, and I quote from your article: "animals appear to go through a homosexual phase before they become fully mature." Sounds like some people need to mature up around here.
Jason F. December 11, 2012 at 08:02 AM
Homosexuality is a mental disorder. The only reason it is not labeled as such is because of peer pressure. There was no scientific evidence to remove it from the list. Why being gay isn't still listed as a mental illness is pretty strange to me. Homosexual's wish to adopt kids is the biggest insult i can imagine. They claim to be born gay, They don't fancy the opposite sex and yet they want a family. how is that psychologically healthy????????? It's like being a born movie star but avoiding any cameras. they must hate themselves because of their inability to have kids so it is sort of like obesity. it's "normal" by itself but it usually drags other kinds of psychological issues along with it. Imagine if there was a obesity pride or a bald head pride... how ridiculous would that be? And yet, we all have to tolerate the gays. Real question is, if they're so normal why is the majority of people in the gay parade non-gay vegans, feminists, drug abusers, provocateurs, extreme liberals, high school teenage morons and depressed "body-art" individuals? What are they proud about?
Nichol Leilani Aschenbrenner December 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM
Ok yeah homosexualls are legally able to come out of their cave, but it would still be the end of the human race because they can not reproduce, thankfully!!
Wayne Kinney December 11, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Joshua B. - thanks! My time is coming and I'll be a great husband in a gay marriage, too. I just need to find the person that one guy that I can't stop thinking about - that one guy that I can't imagine a single day of my life without, that one guy that makes me feel like the sun rises and sets within me. I just don't have that same connection with women. I've had plenty of opportunity but I don't feel romantically connected to them. T&A? I could care less. Lady humps? I just wonder if she's wearing the right supportive bra for that blouse. It's as if they are all my sisters and we become the best of friends. In fact, the vast majority of friends throughout my life have been women. I'm not one of those guys that plays "straight" for appearances and then does the gay thing on the side - that's not fair to anyone. I didn't choose this life and a choice wasn't made for me. It just is what it was meant to be. Being married to a man, when and if that ever happens for me, will not stop me from maximizing my potential as a contributing member of society. I'm not tearing bricks out of the foundation, I'm strengthening it. We just paved the way for your kids, should one of them be gay, to never question who they love or how they love but instead to focus on just being in love and being the best person they can be.
Gail December 14, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Woodinville is the site. Comment is still showing up as "Pending Approval" right above your comment I'm replying to. I reposted below since it looks like it will never show up.
Gail December 14, 2012 at 04:33 AM
This comment never showed up and reply was deleted where it was posted again. Jeanne, that animal link actually doesn't prove anything. Animals also murder at will. In fact, it's quite NORMAL. Does that make it right for humans? Just try to be a bit more logical in all this. Joshua is spot on with his observations. Tossing him in the 'bigot' category is not only illogical but shows a great deal of duplicity/bigotry on the part of those that do so. I don't like broccoli either. I bet that at least 50% find this topic something that touches on a negative area of their psyche. Just the way it is. NOTHING will ever change that. Will they publicly say this? I doubt it. One of those things that is not a positive at all in how our society is changing. Next thing it will be OK to sniff behinds like my dog does. Isn't that OK? Remember, some people really like to do that, why can't they? P.S. That video is missing one important element that only a woman would know, but not a gay man - it doesn't even cross their mind. A gay man is definitely NOT what a woman is looking for. Funny when I think about it - yet it described perfectly the difference.
Jeanne Gustafson December 14, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Gail, your latest comment is showing up at the end of the thread. I can see it, along with these two replies. If some of your comments aren't showing up, let's email the editor of your home site and see if we can figure it out. I'll send Lisa Baumann a note for you. I didn't delete any of your comments.
Gail December 14, 2012 at 04:53 AM
There's an issue with the patch updating page contents. You have a problem here. If I look with another browser there are comments that do not show (such as yours somewhere that only show on home page) and comments that should not show that I deleted. They are deleted when signed in, but still show up when signed out. Pretty weird and confusing.
Jeanne Gustafson December 14, 2012 at 04:56 AM
I know sometimes it takes a bit of time for the comment stream to refresh. Thanks for the feedback, I'll send it along to our tech team.
Gail December 14, 2012 at 04:57 AM
OK, your comment just showed up, but I knew you commented from the excerpt from home page. Your comment was not visible for a few minutes. Odd that the extract shows up and yet not the actual comment.

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