Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn calls Sunday a "great" and "joyous day" for Washington state. That because it marks the first day same-sex couples there began taking their wedding vows.
A new gay marriage measure was approved by voters in Washington in the November election.
That measure took effect this week. Hundreds of couples picked up marriage licenses Thursday, but because of a three-day waiting period set up by the state, Sunday marked the first day weddings could take place.
To help with the influx of weddings, some counties opened their courthouses at midnight and began marrying couple in the early morning hours. In Seattle, 140 registered to marry at City Hall. Sixteen local judges volunteered to officiate the weddings.
Last month, Washington, Maine and Maryland became the first states to pass same-sex marriage by popular vote. Joined six other states, New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia that had already enacted laws or issued court rulings permitting same-sex marriage.
Gay marriage is still not recognized under federal law, an issue the Supreme Court will take up in March.