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.
After 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 iceberg.