Brooke Jarvis

Brooke Jarvis covers the intersections of politics, the economy, and the environment. She has written for The Atlantic, Salon, Sierra Magazine, and YES! Magazine, where she’s a contributing editor. Follow her on Twitter

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For Washington, Same-Sex Marriage Was "Worth the Wait"

The state became the first to offer same-sex marriage as a result of a victory at the ballot box this week.

(AP Photo/The Columbian, Zachary Kaufman)
(AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Dan Pelle) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUT Wedding decorations and cookies greet couples entering the Spokane County Auditor's Office to pick up their marriage licenses, Thursday, December 6, 2012, in Spokane, Washington. Two by two, dozens of same-sex couples obtained their marriage licenses in Washington state early Thursday, just hours after Governor Chris Gregoire signed a voter-approved law legalizing gay marriage. A fter waiting for years, even decades, for the right to marry, hundreds of same-sex couples lined up in Seattle on Wednesday night for one last wait. At 12:01 a.m on Thursday, Washington state’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage—passed by the state legislature in February, blocked by opponents, and then confirmed by citizen referendum in November—went into effect. By that time, the first couple in line for a marriage license had been waiting outside the county Recorder’s Office for eight hours. But for many, that was just the tip of the...