Dan Savage and husband Terry Miller among the first same-sex couples to get married in Washington

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      It's official: same-sex couples in Washington state began getting married at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, December 9.

      Same-sex marriage was approved by voters on Election Day (November 6), and now exists in a total of nine U.S. states, according to the organization Freedom to Marry.

      Georgia Straight syndicated columnist Dan Savage, who is the editorial director of the alt-weekly the Stranger and writes the popular column Savage Love, married Terry Miller in Vancouver in 2005.

      Savage and Miller got married at Seattle's city hall on Sunday, making Savage's frequent description of Miller as his "husband in Canada and boyfriend in America" obsolete. Savage played a part in organizing the weddings at city hall, as described here. On Sunday night, Savage and Miller hosted what was billed beforehand in the Stranger as "a humongous reception party at Q nightclub...featuring a tearjerker first dance, goofy cake-cutting photos, and champagne toasts galore".

      Savage tweeted this photo of himself and Miller around 2 p.m. yesterday. It was followed by this photo of their ceremony, and this one of the night they met.

      More images and coverage can be found here.