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Gay Weddings 17 Percent of Washington Marriages

Thursday Dec 5, 2013

Gay weddings made up 17 percent of marriages in Washington this past year, the first year gay marriages were legal in the state.

State officials reported Wednesday more than 7,000 same-sex couples got married between December 6, 2012, and the most recent complete month of data, September 2013.

So far, most of the state's same sex marriages, 62 percent, were between two women.

The top five counties where same sex marriages took place are King, Clark, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties. Garfield County is the only county where no same sex marriages were performed.

Washington's gay marriage law is also driving tourism. About a quarter of the gay couples who got married this past year in Washington were from another state. The biggest number came from Oregon.

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