Marriage equality: West Seattleites among the first to wed

December 9, 2012 at 3:25 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 14 Comments

(Photo by Nick Adams for WSB)
3:25 AM: Now that three days have elapsed since licenses were issued, the first same-sex couples to get them are eligible to marry – and right after midnight at the King County Courthouse, some couples became the first to say “I do.” WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams was there as the weddings began, and reports that the earlybirds included West Seattleites Julie Fein and Cynthia Wallace (above), who have been together more than a quarter-century. Later this morning, City Hall will open for pre-booked weddings, with the first 10 open to media coverage (including at least one West Seattle couple); the city itself plans to stream via this link. More coverage here later.

ADDED 8:14 AM: The newlyweds tell WSB of another reason their wedding, performed by Judge Mary Yu, was special – they shared two more photos that explain:

Cynthia explains, “Judge Yu presided over the adoptions of our sons four years ago. Now tonight she pronounced us married! With our sons in attendance. Such a joy!”

With Cynthia and Julie for their wedding were their sons Ari and Rafael‘s godfather Jason Plourde and their friend Shayna.


  1. Congratulations Julia and Cynthia!

    Comment by Bonnie — 6:24 am December 9, 2012 #

  2. Congratulations Julie and Cynthia!

    Comment by West Seattle since 1979 — 6:52 am December 9, 2012 #

  3. Very cool!





    Comment by miws — 8:29 am December 9, 2012 #

  4. Congratulations! So happy for you!

    Comment by Delridge Mom — 8:31 am December 9, 2012 #

  5. That’s the sweetest thing ever! Congratulations!!

    Comment by jedifarfy — 8:47 am December 9, 2012 #

  6. Mazel!

    Comment by k — 8:52 am December 9, 2012 #

  7. An amazing day for this family and our great State!

    Comment by karen — 9:01 am December 9, 2012 #

  8. Congrats! So much love!

    Comment by SudsyMaggie — 9:22 am December 9, 2012 #

  9. Congratulations. We are delighted for our good neighbors, Julie & Cynthia.

    Comment by rw — 10:49 am December 9, 2012 #

  10. This is wonderful.

    The judge’s name certainly fits, too.

    Comment by Lura Ercolano — 1:07 pm December 9, 2012 #

  11. So exciting! Wishing your family the very best. Love conquers all.

    Comment by FionaEnzo — 4:49 pm December 9, 2012 #

  12. Beautiful couple, beautiful family! Congratulations on your marriage!

    Comment by Catherine — 9:52 pm December 9, 2012 #

  13. What beautiful families! Congratulations and sorry it took so long.

    Comment by Nicole — 9:54 pm December 9, 2012 #

  14. Absolutely wonderful! I love the photo’s!!

    Comment by Judy — 3:20 pm December 11, 2012 #

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