December 9, 2012 |
A festive marathon marriage session at Seattle City Hall ended Sunday with 138 same-sex couples getting new beginnings as legally wedded spouses. An additional 25 couples were married in a group ceremony at the Seattle First Baptist Church, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported . The mass ceremonies marked the first day of legal same-sex marriage in Washington state, which approved the practice at the polls in November. King County, which includes Seattle, had accounted for roughly half of the 841 same-sex marriage licenses issued throughout the state Thursday, and city officials rose to meet the occasion with enthusiasm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2010 |
The Rev. Alex Franco, who performed thousands of weddings at his Albertson Wedding Chapel in Los Angeles, has died. He was 91. Franco, a Protestant minister who for much of his career was known as Alex Garcia, died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia, said his son, Daniel. He founded the chapel in 1974, two years after the California Legislature updated a 19th century law that allowed unwed parents who lived in remote areas to marry without the date being made public record.
September 11, 2005
It would be interesting to see how long it takes couples who spend ridiculous amounts of money on their weddings--for one day--to realize that the money would have come in handy for new cars or furniture, a down payment on a house or their children's education ("The Big Big Day," by Vince Beiser, Aug. 21). No matter how extravagant, weddings are soon forgotten by those who attend them, but the expenses of everyday living go on forever. Jessica Sackman Los Angeles
December 8, 2012 |
Sue Hopkins is beyond excited. Sunday is her wedding day. Sleep, she said, likely won't come Saturday night. Hopkins, 63, and her fiancee, Marji Lynn, in her 50s, are among 140 couples scheduled to marry at Seattle City Hall on Sunday - the first day same-sex weddings will be held in Washington state. Sunday, they said, a weight will be lifted from their shoulders: When they go out to eat, they will no longer be partners, but spouses. At work, they will be married. In social situations, others can more easily embrace them with the same love they have always felt toward each other.
June 15, 2013 |
Wedding season is officially upon us, and one needn't be marrying a "Bridezilla" star to find the planning comes with some stress. Interfaith couples seem to have more than most as they try to satisfy not only each other but two extended families and two religious communities. I interviewed dozens of interfaith couples from across the country for a book on interfaith marriage. One husband and wife I met had planned to get married in a Catholic church to accommodate the bride's family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1996 |
The bride-to-be wore a white suit, rhinestone buttons and a worried expression. But the groom was a no-show Monday for reasons that had nothing to do with cold feet. Lyle Menendez and his intended, Anna Eriksson, had the license. He'd declared his love for her on national television. And they'd lined up a judge to officiate at the nuptials. They just didn't have the cooperation of Los Angeles County court and jail officials.