FIRST REPORT, 9:49 AM: At or around 10 am (and afterward till about 5 pm), if you click “play” in the video box above, you should see streaming video from Seattle City Hall, which is about to host more than 100 of our state’s first same-sex weddings. It’s right across the street from the King County Courthouse, where couples would have had to have obtained their marriage licenses on Thursday (WSB coverage here) to be eligible to participate. Volunteer judges will officiate at five “stations” decorated by local artists. The first 10 weddings are open to the media; among the couples are Corianton Hale and Keith Bacon of West Seattle, who checked in a few minutes ago:
We’ll be reporting on their ceremony. Any other West Seattleites marrying here today – let us know! (firstname.lastname@example.org) The city is also providing its own coverage – as did the county during the first licensings – online, including social media; it’s all being aggregated and updated at married.seattle.gov.
10:20 AM: In a ceremony by Kent Municipal Court Judge Karli Kristine Jorgensen, concluding “I now pronounce you husband and husband,” Keith and Corianton were married minutes ago (and then mobbed by media). Here’s the iPhone photo we tweeted:
We have video of the ceremony and other scenes from this half-hour of history, to add when we’re back at HQ.
12:43 PM UPDATE: Just added the entire wedding clip – about five minutes. Event photos next. (added) The other angle during the wedding – the media half-circle they faced (with another half-circle alongside and above where our photographer was while taking this):
(Photo by Nick Adams for WSB)
A chat with the mayor:
(This and next 2 photos by Patrick Sand)
Three City Councilmembers there to congratulate newlyweds, too – from left, Council President Sally Clark, Councilmember Tim Burgess, and Councilmember Richard Conlin:
Outside the west side of City Hall – the receiving line kept growing:
The city has switched what was to be its “booth cam” inside to a live feed from the receiving line – see it here.