Live at City Hall: Wedding marathon, including West Seattleites

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! ( 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

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.

13 Replies to "Live at City Hall: Wedding marathon, including West Seattleites"

  • kumalavula December 9, 2012 (10:31 am)

    makes me proud to be a seattleite :)

  • motorzen December 9, 2012 (10:47 am)

    Hurray for everybody!

    Super congrats again to Cori and Keith!

  • nemobeansmom December 9, 2012 (12:06 pm)

    This made me cry with happiness and I don’t even know any of these people.
    Congrats to all!

  • D-Mom December 9, 2012 (12:27 pm)

    So cool! I’m so happy for all the couples.

  • i'mcoveredinbees December 9, 2012 (12:32 pm)

    So happy for these couples. Congratulations and enjoy your love and commitment!

  • Margaret in Vashon December 9, 2012 (2:01 pm)

    what nemobeansmom said! Hurray for WA! What an adorable, wonderful couple!

  • L.A. December 9, 2012 (2:13 pm)

    We just got back from watching our friends get married. It was so beautiful and the volunteers were incredible! The love and support from the community, especially the massive crowd at the exit cheering and giving flowers to the newlyweds just made me cry!

  • Jill Loblaw December 9, 2012 (4:12 pm)

    Hip hip hooray! Congrats everyone.

  • Keith December 9, 2012 (4:24 pm)

    Thanks for being there and capturing all the action, Team WSB! What a spectacular event — we were blown away by the time and effort that so many people put in, and the joy & care that was shown to us from the moment we arrived to our very moving ceremony written by Judge Jorgensen to our walk down the City Hall steps to 4th Avenue where those incredible crowds of people were cheering and handing us flowers. Unreal. We are so full of pride for our city today. Thank you to our friends and neighbors for your love and support — we are SO feeling it!
    (keith + corianton)

  • West Seattle since 1979 December 9, 2012 (5:12 pm)


  • RoomWithAView December 9, 2012 (5:14 pm)

    Congrats to everyone involved. I don’t personally know anyone getting married anytime soon but it means a lot to see the faces and hear the stories of those who are. It’s a profound honor to be present and bear witness to such an incredible moment in history.

  • FionaEnzo December 9, 2012 (5:40 pm)

    So beautiful! So much joy! Wishing everyone a lifetime of celebrations of your love and devotion. I dont know anyone having ceremonies today but the exhilaration is contagious. History unfolding before our eyes — finally(!) Some great news!

  • Meghan December 10, 2012 (7:29 am)

    Equal civil rights. Finally. Now that wasn’t so hard, was it? Listening, Supreme Court???? Congrats to all!!!

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