OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Department of Health has made revisions to the state's marriage certificate to conform with the new same-sex marriage law.
The new certificate will give couples either gender-specific or gender-neutral options - adding 'spouse' to the existing language that includes 'bride' and 'groom.'
The form is effective December 6 when the new law takes effect. Marriage certificates are filed after the marriage.
The state health department collects records of all people who marry or divorce in Washington.