Gay Washington state couples get marriage licenses - Article Photos 8/21

A button celebrating the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples is displayed Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Seattle. King County Executive Dow Constantine was to began issuing the licenses just after midnight, Dec. 6, 2012, immediately upon certification of the November election that passed Referendum 74 allowing same-sex couples to wed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)