Official forms may not make it in time for same-sex marriages deadline

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by DANIELLE GRANT & KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 29 at 6:21 PM

SPOKANE -- In one week, same-sex couples will legally be able to apply for marriage licenses.  But the Spokane County Assessor's Office said it is not sure if the necessary forms will be changed in time.  One lesbian couple said despite the issue, they plan to be one of the first couples in line.

Shilo Reed and Dani Lord-Flynn have been dating for two and a half years.  They have been engaged for more than year.  They have been waiting to see if Washington would give them the go to say 'I do'.  It finally happened when Referendum 74 was passed by voters.
 
Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton said there is just one hold up.  She said the marriage forms have not been finalized to make them gender-neutral.  Right now, it appears the Department of Health will not have them done by the December 6 deadline.

"We have our fingers crossed that counties will have that form in place," said Dalton.  "But we can't guarantee it will be in our hands soon enough." 
 
Despite the delay in proper paperwork, the day will go on.  It is a day some have been dreaming for years.

"It's amazing," said Shilo.  "It's life changing to be recognized by our faith and family but also have equal rights and protections under the law."
 
If the new forms are not in, the Spokane County Assessor's Office said they will use the old ones that still say bride and groom.  It will still be a valid marriage and it is still a legal contract.  Washington State law requires all couples to wait three days after applying to have their official marriage ceremony.

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