SPOKANE -- Many same-sex couple in Spokane kept a close eye on the election returns Tuesday night.
Although Referendum 74, which legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington, was too close to call Wednesday, supporters were optimistic that it would pass.
Chris Nichols and Mitchell Moczulski are partners who have dated for four years. The two are also business partners who co-own Chairs Coffee in northwest Spokane.
Nichols and Moczulski look forward to the day when same sex couples can marry. They see the financial savings that can come with being legally married, both in the business and personal lives.
Kaitlyn Blom is an employee at Chairs Coffee who got engaged last June. She and her partner her off making wedding plans until they knew if they could be married legally or enter into a domestic partnership.
Blom said it is now looking more and more like she will have a marriage.
“I'm really happy. It just feels good to be able to say that she will be my wife, and that we will be equal with the rest of Washington,” Blom said.
If the law is officially passed, marriage licenses for same sex couples will be offered December 6.