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Same Sex Marriages Make Up 17 Percent of Marriages in Washington

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NBCRightNow.com - Since Washington's same sex marriage law went into effect, same sex couples have made up 17 percent of marriages in the state.

The law went into effect on December 6th. Since then through September 30th, there were 7,071 same sex marriages among the 42,408 total during that time period.

62 percent of the state's same sex marriages have been two women. The top five counties with same sex marriages are King County with 3,452; Clark County with 785; Pierce County with 486; Snohomish County with 330; and Thurston County with 300 marriages.

Garfield County is the only county in Washington where no same sex marriages were performed.

In 24 percent of those marriages, both spouses live in another state. There were 524 same sex marriages in which both people lived in Oregon. For 170 same sex marriages, the couple lived in Texas, and, for 155 same sex marriages, the couple lived in California. Among opposite sex couples, both spouses were from another state in only 6 percent of marriages.

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