West Seattle couple to make history with 1st marriage license

December 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 37 Comments

Tonight (technically early tomorrow) at one minute past midnight, King County will start granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples – the moment it becomes legal because of last month’s approval of Referendum 74, affirming the Legislature and Governor’s earlier action to make it possible. Ten couples have been chosen to get their licenses first, for a special ceremony in which King County Executive (and West Seattleite) Dow Constantine will sign their licenses – and the first is a West Seattle couple, 77-year-old Jane Abbott Lighty and 85-year-old Pete-e Petersen. They are featured in the video story above, shared by our friends at KIRO TV. Biographical information provided by the county notes that they have been together 35 years and co-founded the Seattle Women’s Chorus; they will get married this Sunday night during the Seattle Men’s Chorus concert at Benaroya Hall. The second couple whose license will be signed have local ties too – Brendon K. Taga and Jesse Page of Vashon Island. The county says Jesse “manages a bank in West Seattle.” WSB will be downtown to cover the historic events as they happen – we’ve already heard from a few local couples who plan to be there to be among the first to get marriage licenses – if you are going to be there too, please consider letting us know so our team can catch up with you! (editor@westseattleblog.com) Thanks, and congratulations to all.

P.S. OutWest Bar is throwing an equality bash on Sunday night, after the first day of legal weddings. Details on this Facebook page.


  1. How wonderful! I’m so excited for everyone! Congratulations!

    Comment by JeriO — 12:10 pm December 5, 2012 #

  2. Congratulations, you two! West Seattle leads again! Sure wish I could be there at Benaroya on Sunday night to cheer you on.

    Comment by Trileigh — 12:13 pm December 5, 2012 #

  3. Mazel tov!!!

    Comment by emcat8 — 12:14 pm December 5, 2012 #

  4. My partner and I will be there at 12:01 midnight to get ours! Can’t believe this is happening.

    Comment by stephanie — 12:19 pm December 5, 2012 #

  5. SALUTE!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Vanessa — 12:25 pm December 5, 2012 #

  6. This is so cool for them. Can you imagine how freeing for these ladies? Wonderful.

    Comment by lox — 12:40 pm December 5, 2012 #

  7. Congratulations Ladies!

    Comment by Teri Ensley — 12:46 pm December 5, 2012 #

  8. Congrats to these two!

    Comment by annoy — 12:48 pm December 5, 2012 #

  9. So awesome! Saw them on the news and am delighted to hear they live in our neck of the woods. Simply amazing that they get to see this day…finally!! Congrats!!

    Comment by MB — 1:20 pm December 5, 2012 #

  10. Congratulations, better late I suppose, than never…

    Comment by Mark — 1:25 pm December 5, 2012 #

  11. So happy to read this story and that anyone can now show their commitment to their relationship through marriage! I’m especially happy for Jesse as he is my banker and an all-around great guy!

    Comment by Ryan B. — 1:41 pm December 5, 2012 #

  12. Blessings and congratulations Pete-e and Jane

    Comment by Kathi — 2:15 pm December 5, 2012 #

  13. Congratulations you crazy kids! <3

    Comment by Lindsey — 2:50 pm December 5, 2012 #

  14. This just fills my heart with joy. For them and every person who can now marry. <3

    Comment by Sue — 3:01 pm December 5, 2012 #

  15. Oh what a beautiful couple. Much happiness to them.

    Comment by hipster! — 3:01 pm December 5, 2012 #

  16. Congratulations!

    Comment by RichWSeattle — 3:23 pm December 5, 2012 #

  17. Such a wonderful thing and so beautiful. Congrats you two!!!

    Comment by Bananarama — 3:49 pm December 5, 2012 #

  18. How exciting!!! Congrats!!!

    Comment by EmmaPeel — 4:15 pm December 5, 2012 #

  19. Congratulations!!

    Comment by Kim — 5:27 pm December 5, 2012 #

  20. So happy for you both. We’re in this for the long game and your marriage is an example of our success!

    Comment by timeslid — 5:42 pm December 5, 2012 #

  21. congratulations
    about time!

    Comment by JoB — 6:42 pm December 5, 2012 #

  22. They look like they could be sisters.

    Comment by Woodsman — 7:02 pm December 5, 2012 #

  23. Congratulations!!

    Comment by West Seattle since 1979 — 7:07 pm December 5, 2012 #

  24. Congratulations ladies!! Here’s to love, health and happiness!!

    Comment by mamaof2 — 7:10 pm December 5, 2012 #

  25. And here we are: No flaming hail, no eruptions of volcanoes, no messages written across the heavens in scarlet fire.

    Just people who wish to commit to each other being able to do so freely and publicly and with the blessings, benefits and responsibilities of the law.

    About **** time.

    As a straight couple, wedded for more than sixteen years, we welcome you to share in what we have enjoyed.

    Love is all that matters. Blessings on your marriages and your love.

    Comment by Jim P. — 7:14 pm December 5, 2012 #

  26. I’m so thrilled for these beautiful women, and thankful for their continued contributions to our community. I’m excited to finally marry my partner of 13 years, and appreciative of everyone who voted to support loving relationships.

    Comment by JTD — 7:17 pm December 5, 2012 #

  27. Congrats to these ladies, and to everyone able to enjoy this long overdue right!



    Comment by miws — 7:28 pm December 5, 2012 #

  28. “Grow old along with me
    the best is yet to be,
    the last for which
    the first was made.”

    Comment by sc — 7:54 pm December 5, 2012 #

  29. Wow! What a special bit of news. I’m grinning from ear to ear. Congratulations!!!

    Comment by Mike — 7:59 pm December 5, 2012 #

  30. Congratulations to all the happy couples! I’m so proud and thrilled to see this day.

    Comment by D — 8:15 pm December 5, 2012 #

  31. Seniors always trail blazers !

    Comment by Nichole — 8:24 pm December 5, 2012 #

  32. This is so sweet it brought tears to my eyes, congratulations ladies and may you have many many more joyous years together.

    Comment by Sandy — 8:28 pm December 5, 2012 #

  33. I am so thrilled with this!!! Congratulations to all :) and if I could be down there with a bubble machine and noise makers I would!!!!

    Comment by Swiss miss — 8:38 pm December 5, 2012 #

  34. But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
    And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
    Love one another but make not a bond of love:
    Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
    – Kahlil Gibran

    Comment by scout 1 — 8:59 pm December 5, 2012 #

  35. So happy for everyone! Congratulations!
    History is being made tonight!

    Comment by k — 9:28 pm December 5, 2012 #

  36. Jane and Pete-e have the epitome of what all couples hope to have. I’ve had the good fortune to share their story with folks from all over the country and never once has anyone questioned the sincerity, love or commitment they bring to their relationship. In fact, the response is quite often envy.

    Comment by Drew Emery — 9:36 pm December 5, 2012 #

  37. It’s about time! ;-)

    Comment by cathy in seattle! — 10:15 pm December 5, 2012 #

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