OLYMPIA, Wash. – The competition among counties to issue the first same-sex marriage license in Washington is heating up. Monday, one county auditor held a lottery to select the first ten couples who will receive their license just after midnight on Thursday.
Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman — who is also Secretary of State-elect — heard Seattle’s King County intended to issue the first license.
“Not that I am competitive, nor my staff is competitive and we thought ‘well wait a second, there’s no guarantee that they’ll be first, we could maybe issue the first license.’”
So, Wyman decided to hold a drawing. Fifteen couples submitted their names for ten slots. Wyman did the honors with reporters and TV cameras looking on.
“So our first couple is Lynn Grotsky and Lisa Brodoff.”
Grotsky tells me she is “thrilled” to have won the lottery. She and her partner have been together for more than 30 years and raised two children. They and nine other Thurston County same-sex couples will receive their licenses right after the stroke of midnight Thursday.
Meanwhile in King County, the marriage license office will open for business at 12:01AM and stay open until 6:30PM.