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    Posted on Jul 2, 2013

    Lesbian Couple Help Raise An Equality Flag Above The Space Needle

    They were the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage licence in the state of Washington, so it's only fitting they helped raise the huge flag.

    Last December, Jane Abbot Lighty, 77, and Pete-e Peterson, 85, became the first same-sex couple in Washington State to recieve a marriage license.

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    Prior to recieving their marriage license, they had been together for 30 years:

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    Last Sunday, they were among several gay and lesbian couples to help raise an equality flag above the Seattle Space Needle:

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    Seattle Gay News photographer Nate Gowdy was on the Needle that morning to document the moment:

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    The couple would later serve as marshals in the annual Seattle Pride Parade.

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    Social Outreach Seattle's video footage of the historic moment:

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