Former military among first to marry in Washington

Grethe Cammermeyer kisses Diane Divelbess

Retired Army Col. Grethe Cammermeyer, left, kisses Diane Divelbess, her partner of 24 years, as they pose for photos after the two received their marriage license Thursday.
Photo courtesy of Roger Wood/AP

BY CHRIS JOHNSON
Washington Blade

A number of those who will be among the first to enter into same-sex marriages in Washington State are high-profile gay service members discharged for their sexual orientation who say the legalization of same-sex marriage represents the next step forward for LGBT rights.

In Washington, where voters legalized marriage equality on Election Day by a 54 percent majority via a measure known as Referendum 74, same-sex couples were set to be able to obtain marriage licenses on Thursday. The three-day waiting period in the state means gay couples that obtain licenses on that day will be able to legally marry beginning Sunday.

Washington is the first of three states — which includes Maine and Maryland — where voters legalized same-sex marriage at the ballot on Election Day to allow same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses and legally wed.

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