West Seattle couple to make history with 1st marriage license

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.

37 Replies to "West Seattle couple to make history with 1st marriage license"

  • JeriO December 5, 2012 (12:10 pm)

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

  • Trileigh December 5, 2012 (12:13 pm)

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

  • emcat8 December 5, 2012 (12:14 pm)

    Mazel tov!!!

  • stephanie December 5, 2012 (12:19 pm)

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

  • Vanessa December 5, 2012 (12:25 pm)


  • lox December 5, 2012 (12:40 pm)

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

  • Teri Ensley December 5, 2012 (12:46 pm)

    Congratulations Ladies!

  • annoy December 5, 2012 (12:48 pm)

    Congrats to these two!

  • MB December 5, 2012 (1:20 pm)

    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!!

  • Mark December 5, 2012 (1:25 pm)

    Congratulations, better late I suppose, than never…

  • Ryan B. December 5, 2012 (1:41 pm)

    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!

  • Kathi December 5, 2012 (2:15 pm)

    Blessings and congratulations Pete-e and Jane

  • Lindsey December 5, 2012 (2:50 pm)

    Congratulations you crazy kids! <3

  • Sue December 5, 2012 (3:01 pm)

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

  • hipster! December 5, 2012 (3:01 pm)

    Oh what a beautiful couple. Much happiness to them.

  • RichWSeattle December 5, 2012 (3:23 pm)


  • Bananarama December 5, 2012 (3:49 pm)

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

  • EmmaPeel December 5, 2012 (4:15 pm)

    How exciting!!! Congrats!!!

  • Kim December 5, 2012 (5:27 pm)


  • timeslid December 5, 2012 (5:42 pm)

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

  • JoB December 5, 2012 (6:42 pm)

    about time!

  • Woodsman December 5, 2012 (7:02 pm)

    They look like they could be sisters.

  • West Seattle since 1979 December 5, 2012 (7:07 pm)


  • mamaof2 December 5, 2012 (7:10 pm)

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

  • Jim P. December 5, 2012 (7:14 pm)

    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.

  • JTD December 5, 2012 (7:17 pm)

    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.

  • miws December 5, 2012 (7:28 pm)

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



  • sc December 5, 2012 (7:54 pm)

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

  • Mike December 5, 2012 (7:59 pm)

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

  • D December 5, 2012 (8:15 pm)

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

  • Nichole December 5, 2012 (8:24 pm)

    Seniors always trail blazers !

  • Sandy December 5, 2012 (8:28 pm)

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

  • Swiss miss December 5, 2012 (8:38 pm)

    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!!!!

  • scout 1 December 5, 2012 (8:59 pm)

    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

  • k December 5, 2012 (9:28 pm)

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

  • Drew Emery December 5, 2012 (9:36 pm)

    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.

  • cathy in seattle! December 5, 2012 (10:15 pm)

    It’s about time! ;-)

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