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12/9/2012--Seattle, WA, USA..Karen Swanson (right), and Lynn Childs (left) getting married at Seattle City Hall...On the first day same sex couples were allowed to marry in Washington State, Hundreds of well-wishers braved cold and rain to celebrate 133 weddings at Seattle City Hall. Washington, Maine and Maryland last month became the first U.S. states to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples by a popular vote, in a leap forward for gay rights. A crowd of several hundred people waited outside City Hall in the cold to cheer couples as they descended the steps, some throwing bird seed, rice, blowing bubbles and handing flowers to the newlyweds...©Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.