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Business still booming for marriage licenses in King County

Demand for marriage licenses remains high, as King County closes the second and embraces the third day of the new marriage equality law.

The number of applications for marriage licenses on Friday – 71 – was more than double the normal demand for a Friday in December. However, today’s count pales in comparison to the 1,200% spike in demand on Thursday, the first day that same-sex couples could apply for marriage licenses. In total, King County has issued 560 marriage licenses in the past two days.

“71 licenses is a significant increase in our marriage licensing business for a Friday at this time of year,” said Jon Scherer, recording manager for King County. “Our staff and volunteers are ready for large numbers again on Saturday.”

To keep up with the demand, the Recorder’s Office in the King County Administration Building in downtown Seattle will be open on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Couples should enter from the North Plaza, on the James Street side of the building. Applicants with mobility issues can enter the Administration Building at the accessible entrance off Fourth Avenue. Due to popular demand, King County will continue to have a photo station set up in the fourth floor (Fifth Avenue) lobby for couples to take pictures with their newly-minted marriage licenses as they exit the Administration Building.

Marriage equality events on King County social media

King County has posted more than 150 photos from Dec. 6 to its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KingCountyWA. Couples, volunteers, and community members are encouraged to tag themselves and share this historic day with family and friends.

King County is also using other social media channels to share the marriage equality story. Updates are posted to @kcnews on Twitter, www.twitter.com/kcnews with the hashtag #MEDayWA. A timeline of the first days of marriage equality is on Storify at www.storify.com/KingCountyWA, and photos are on Instagram atwww.instagram.com/KingCountyWA.

 

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