- At midnight last night, two things became legal in Washington State: same-sex marriage and the recreational use of marijuana. Both laws were changed as a result of state ballot initiatives in November's U.S. election.
The office of King County in Seattle saw a line-up of hundreds of gay and lesbian couples waiting for their marriage licenses. Twitter users tagged their posts on the topic with #MEDayWA, for Marriage Equality Day, Washington.
Local media was on hand to document the historic day.
- Jane Lighty and Pete-e Petersen, 85 and 77, respectively, got the first licence from the county.
- Sex advice columnist Dan Savage and husband-to-be Terry Miller got their licence, too.
- King County posted many, many photos of happy, and soon to be legally married, couples on Instagram.
- King County interviewed many of the couples and produced a video of their stories.
- And recreational pot use also became legal at midnight, leading Dan Savage to cheekily wonder which celebration should take precedence.
- On Twitter, Seattle police let everyone know they were cool with it all, using the hashtag #hashtag. (Get it?)