Same-sex couples receive marriage licenses in Spokane Co.

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 3:28 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Doors to the Spokane County Courthouse opened up at 7 a.m. Thursday for same-sex couples wanting a marriage license.

Major Margaret Witt and her partner Laurie was the first couple to get their license just before 8:30 a.m. Witt's story is well known for her effort in the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell."

The Air Force nurse was outed for being a lesbian and then discharged. She fought back in Federal Court, teaming up with attorneys and Washington's ACLU. A judge ruled in her favor, adding two years to the 18 she served. She's able to retire with full military benefits.

"Words cannot express how grateful I am for the support I've recieved during this fight," Witt said.

Witt said she's extremely proud to live in Washington today. She said it's a celebration for all of us, and she's humbled to be first in line.

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