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Gay and lesbian couples get married on first day it is legal in Washington State group wedding

Marriage between gay people who love each other is still  not legal in most of the United States, but not anymore in Washington. On Dec. 9th, 2012, hundreds of gay and lesbian couples gathered  in Seattle and across the State to become husbands and wives. The historic MV Skansonia on Lake Union celebrated this amazing milestone by hosting complimentary multi-ceremony and a reception. Four couples chose to get married aboard the old ferry.

Posing  for a group photograph after their joint wedding ceremony, from left to tight: Richard Dunn and Charles McKeithen, Marsi Miyashita and Ruth Meyers, Kristoffer Walsh and Kyle Johnson and Katie Gotshall and Kerry Hagerty.

It was an emotional afternoon. It will be a while to go through them and edit them down so here are just a few highlights to preview the events of the day.

 

Gay and lesbian couples get married on first day it is legal in Washington State group wedding

A view of the Skansonia interior just prior to everyone arriving. A tower of cupcakes in the foreground.

Gay and lesbian couples get married on first day it is legal in Washington State group wedding

Kyle and Kris get ready before the ceremony.

Gay and lesbian couples get married on first day it is legal in Washington State group wedding

Rev. Ray Van Winkle bows his head at the conclusion of the ceremony as the couples kiss.

Gay and lesbian couples get married on first day it is legal in Washington State group wedding

Richard and Charles sign their wedding license right after the end of the wedding ceremony as their family witness’ and Rev. Ray Van Winkle look on.

Gay and lesbian couples get married on first day it is legal in Washington State group wedding

Just after signing their marriage licence, Katieand Kerry, who have been together for more than 15 years, get ready to kiss.

Gay and lesbian couples get married on first day it is legal in Washington State group wedding

Kyle and Kris out on the dance floor for their first dance a a married couple.

Gay and lesbian couples get married on first day it is legal in Washington State group wedding

Near the end of the evening, Ruth and Marsi pose for a portrait with the city lights of Seattle sparkling across the waters of Lake Union. They met four years ago through mutual friends, and are planning to have a larger ceremony back where they live in California. Ruth  and Marsi were very excited to hear about about Washington State referendum 74 passing. They decided last Tuesday to elope and be a part of the historic first day. Myers can not wait to tell her kids one day of their participation in the history making event.

The very special event in support and celebration of Washington State referendum 74 passing to legalize same-sex marriage  was planned by the Director of Catering & Events at the Skansonia, Shauna Wu. She organized and invited all of the other sponsors to get involved and donate our services to celebrate the historic occasion. Thanks to all the sponsors aboard the ferry including Rev Ray Van Winkle who performed the service, photographer Brian Hartmann, of Photo Elan,  David LeClaire, of Wine World & Spirits,  Celeste Cooning made the fabulous cut paper backdrop,  Dann Richey, of MyDann.com and Emerald City Orchids, provided the boutonnieres/bouquets,  pastry chef Kathleen Baublits’s wedding cupcakes, from The Lake Union Cafe & Bakery, who provided the appetizers and the DJ providing the music by Music Man, Inc.

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