I cannot imagine what it must feel like to live in a state where marriage equality is legal, and I cannot fathom the excitement at being able to marry the person you love, after so many years of being told your love is obscene, immoral, a sin, and, well, just plain nasty.
But the weddings are beginning in Washington State.
Same-sex couples were able to apply for marriage licenses yesterday, and because there's a three-day waiting period, the Big Day for a lot of gay couples is this Sunday, December 9.
Seattle Mayor, Mike McGinn, will be opening Seattle City Hall's lobby to all couples who want to marry on December 9, and several judges have volunteered to perform weddings for free. In addition, the Stranger--the source of this post--is working with local artists to create pop-up wedding "chapels" in the lobby.
The doors will open at 11 AM and any couple--gay and straight--who comes with their paperwork will be able to get married at City Hall between noon and 5 PM.
It'll be a great day in Washington, with other great days following soon in Maryland and Maine.
And, I'm hoping, in other parts of the country as well.