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Washington celebrates same-sex marriage, legal marijuana at midnight

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  1. 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.
  2. Jane Lighty and Pete-e Petersen, 85 and 77, respectively, got the first licence from the county. 
  3. Sex advice columnist Dan Savage and husband-to-be Terry Miller got their licence, too.
  4. King County posted many, many photos of happy, and soon to be legally married, couples on Instagram.
  5. Couple #156 "blown away by all the kindness" at #MEDaywa
    Couple #156 "blown away by all the kindness" at #MEDaywa
  6. #173 Tasha and Zone in the love line #MEDaywa
    #173 Tasha and Zone in the love line #MEDaywa
  7. John and Stuart are celebrating 35 years together by getting married this weekend #medaywa
    John and Stuart are celebrating 35 years together by getting married this weekend #medaywa
  8. The first group photo #MEDaywa
    The first group photo #MEDaywa
  9. King County interviewed many of the couples and produced a video of their stories.
  10. Marriage License Celebration December 6, 2012
  11. And recreational pot use also became legal at midnight, leading Dan Savage to cheekily wonder which celebration should take precedence.
  12. On Twitter, Seattle police let everyone know they were cool with it all, using the hashtag #hashtag. (Get it?)
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