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85-year-old and 77-year-old lesbian couple get first Washington State marriage licence

Referendum 74, legalizing gay marriage in Washington State, went into effect Thursday, Dec 6. Hundreds of gay couples lined up to get their marriage licences at midnight, but 85-year-old Pete-e Petersen and 77-year-old Jane Abbott Lighty were chosen to be the first gay couple of the Evergreen State because they are well-known community leaders who have fought tirelessly for marriage equality.

"It's very humbling to be chosen first," Petersen said. "We feel like we're representing a lot of people in the state who have wanted this for a long time. It's hard to explain the thrill that we are really going to get married. We waited a long time. We've been together 35 years, never thinking we'd get a legal marriage. Now I feel so joyous I can't hardly stand it!"

The couple has come a long way from the blind date that ignited the flame between them more than three decades ago and will be wed this Sunday.