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Dow Constantine

Business remains brisk for marriage licenses at King County Recorder’s Office


1,001 licenses issued since marriage equality became law on Dec. 6


King County marked a milestone just after noon today, with the 1,000th and 1,001st marriage licenses issued since a new marriage equality law took effect in Washington State on Dec. 6.

"December is typically our slowest month for marriage licenses, but due to the new marriage equality law, that's not been the case this month," said Recording Manager Jon Scherer. "Our volume of business this December has been more like a typical July, when we can issue as many as 2,000 marriage licenses."

Even after handing out a record 489 marriage licenses during an 18-and-a-half hour event on Dec. 6, the Recorder's Office has continued to see increased demand for marriage licenses. The daily volume of marriage license applications at the King County Recorder's Office has doubled compared to a normal December.

"We expect that the demand for marriage licenses will continue to remain high for at least the next several months," Scherer added.

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