Same-Sex Couple Of 31 Years Wins Marriage License Lottery

Dec 3, 2012

A lesbian couple that’s been together for more than three decades will receive the first same-sex marriage license in Washington’s Thurston County. Lynn Grotsky and Lisa Brodoff won a county-sponsored lottery Monday. They will be the first of 10 couples to get their license just after midnight on Thursday.

Lynn Grotsky (far right) and Lisa Brodoff (top) won a drawing to become the first same-sex couple in Thurston County, Wash., to be issued a marriage license. They are shown here with their daughter Evan and son Micha.
Credit Yuen Lui

Grotsky says she is “thrilled.”

“Well, we’ve been waiting for this for 31 years. You know, that ability to get married. That’s a very long engagement. And it wasn’t an engagement of choice. We would have been married years ago. And so as soon as we finally can legally do it, we want to be there in celebration.”

Grotsky says she and her partner will marry in a civil ceremony later this month. They’ll wait for better weather in July to have a large celebration with friends and family.

Grotsky adds this is also an exciting time for their now grown children who’ve been asking to go to their moms’ wedding since they were little kids.

The Thurston County Auditor’s office in Olympia will open at midnight on Thursday for the 10 lottery winners.

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