Spokane Co. Auditor flooded with same-sex couples applying to marry

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 6 at 7:21 PM

SPOKANE--Staff at the Spokane County Auditor's Office were busy all Thursday morning filling the county's first marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
 
The auditor's office says the process went smoothly.  Staff were all excited and enjoyed the chance to be a part of this historic day.
 
The first same-sex couple in Spokane County got their marriage license just after 8:30 in the morning.  Staff were busy non-stop for the 90 minutes immediately after they opened their doors.  They went through more than 20 couples in that time alone.  Normally they process 5 to 15 licenses on a winter day.

There was some concern about getting through paperwork since documents had to become gender neutral, but staff say they didn't have any issues.

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