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Published: Sunday, June 30, 2013, 9:26 p.m.

Seattle celebrates same-sex marriage with parade

  • Marchers in Seattle's annual Gay Pride Parade carry a giant rainbow flag Sunday, June 30, 2013. Seattle's gay pride parade began downtown on late Sund...

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    Marchers in Seattle's annual Gay Pride Parade carry a giant rainbow flag Sunday, June 30, 2013. Seattle's gay pride parade began downtown on late Sunday morning and concludes at Seattle Center with a pride festival until early evening. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • A Seattle Police Deptartment car driven by officer Bob Peth and carrying his husband Aaron Fletcher in the passenger seat proceeds on the route at the...

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    A Seattle Police Deptartment car driven by officer Bob Peth and carrying his husband Aaron Fletcher in the passenger seat proceeds on the route at the annual Gay Pride parade Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Seattle. The couple were married Dec. 9, the first day that same-sex weddings became legal in Washington state. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Erika Locatelli stands atop a hoop-style wedding gown float as she is pulled along the parade route of the annual Gay Pride parade Sunday, June 30, 20...

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    Erika Locatelli stands atop a hoop-style wedding gown float as she is pulled along the parade route of the annual Gay Pride parade Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Derik Kleinhesselink, also known as "Dolly Madison," marches with Starbucks employees at the annual Gay Pride parade Sunday, June 30, 2013, ...

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    Derik Kleinhesselink, also known as "Dolly Madison," marches with Starbucks employees at the annual Gay Pride parade Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Boy Scouts from the Chief Seattle Council carry U.S. flags as they prepare to march in the Gay Pride Parade Sunday, June 30, 2013, in downtown Seattle...

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    Boy Scouts from the Chief Seattle Council carry U.S. flags as they prepare to march in the Gay Pride Parade Sunday, June 30, 2013, in downtown Seattle. Same-sex marriage supporters gathering for gay pride parades in several major U.S. cities got more good news Sunday when Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy denied a last-ditch request from the sponsors of California's now-overturned gay marriage ban to halt the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in the nation's most populous state. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Harper Sorensen, 2, sits atop the shoulders of his father Svend Sorensen as they march in the annual Gay Pride parade Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Seattl...

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    Harper Sorensen, 2, sits atop the shoulders of his father Svend Sorensen as they march in the annual Gay Pride parade Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE -- The two women who were the first same-sex couple to be granted a marriage license in Washington state were grand marshals for the annual Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday.
A group of Boy Scouts carrying American flags were the first marchers in the parade, attracting cheers and sustained applause. One of the adults marching with about a dozen scouts, David O. McGrath of Ammon, Idaho, said they decided to participate after being told by their scouting council they were not allowed to march.
About 200 groups, ranging from "Dykes on Bikes" to a Seattle Police Department car with "just married" painted on the rear window, participated in the parade, with thousands lining the parade route on a warm, sunny Seattle day.
Seattle Police Officer Bob Peth was driving and his husband, Aaron Fletcher, was in the passenger seat. They were married Dec. 9, the first day of legal gay weddings in Washington State.
There were many references to gay marriage, including several couples in tuxes or wedding gowns, along with a woman who was parading inside a giant, hoop-style wedding gown float, which was at least 15-feet high. Shaun Knittle and Yee-Shin Huang, wearing "Just Married" T-shirts, kissed as they walked down the middle of the street.
West Seattle couple Jane Abbot Lighty and Pete-e Petersen helped lead the parade and also stood on the Space Needle on Sunday morning to raise a giant marriage equality flag above the Seattle icon. The flag featuring a red equal sign made its first appearance atop the Space Needle.
Lighty and Petersen threw kisses to the crowd from the red convertible they rode in.
Veterans for Peace carried signs saying "Free Bradley Manning." Librarians performed a synchronized routine with book carts. Employee organizations from a variety of corporations participated, including Starbucks, Google, Alaska Airlines, Microsoft, Group Health, Fred Meyer, Macy's, Verizon and Delta Airlines
Across town, the Seattle Mariners flew the rainbow flag during their game Sunday against the Chicago Cubs.
A group called Seattle Out & Proud says the Mariners will be the first Major League Baseball team to publicly fly the gay pride flag. But Mariners spokeswoman Rebecca Hale says she cannot confirm that Seattle is first.




Story tags » Gay marriage

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