One same-sex couple still waits to be married

One same-sex couple still waits to be married
TRI-CITIES, Wash. - The ink was barely dry on the documents that made same-sex marriage legal in Washington before hundreds applied for marriage licenses in the Seattle area.

The King County Auditor opened at midnight expecting crowds. This was not nearly the case here in the Tri-Cities.
Only seven same-sex couples got a marriage license in Benton County, two in Franklin.

Roberto Rosales showed up alone, hoping for the best. His fiance is behind bars in Benton County held on drug and burglary charges.
The situation isn't dampening Roberto's excitement.

"It's bittersweet, unfortunately we're not together physically," he said.

Just because Roberto and his fiance are in a unique situation doesn't mean they wanted to miss out on the historical significance of today. This is why Roberto made sure he got down here, to get the ball rolling on their marriage license.

It will take the couple longer to get through the process but expect to hold a ceremony in jail in the coming weeks.

Roberto said, "It's very special. It's a great feeling. I mean, literally being part of something that's going to go down in the history books."

There's no planned date for Roberto's husband-to-be to get out of jail.
However, he's still being kept in the loop that the process for their marriage has begun.

Roberto called him from the court house. "The sun is always going to shine tomorrow so I love you, bye," he said.

This couple still planning for the future.

The Auditor's Offices in both counties planned for large crowds, gay or straight, to line up for marriages licenses.

Tomorrow is the last day to apply for a license to get married on 12/12/12, which is expected to be a popular day.