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Same sex marriage statistics released by state

It’s the one-year anniversary of Washington state’s same sex marriage law, and the latest statistics shows same sex couples made up 17 percent of marriages in Washington in that time.

Since the law became effective on Dec. 6, 2012 and through Sept. 30, 2013, there were 7,071 same sex couples among the 42,408 total couples who married in the state during that period of time. So far, most of the state’s same sex marriages, 62 percent, occurred between two women, according to Tim Church, a spokesperson for the state Department of Health.

Church said the top five Washington counties where same sex marriages occurred were 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.

These numbers may not represent the number of marriage licenses granted by these counties.

According to the Department of Health statistics, Washington’s same sex marriage law is drawing people to the state to marry. In 24 percent of same sex marriages, both spouses live in another state. There were 524 same sex marriages in which both parties lived in Oregon. For 170 same sex marriages, the couple lived in Texas, and, for 155 same sex marriages, the couple lived in California.

By comparison, among opposite sex couples, both spouses were from another state in only 6 percent of marriages.

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