The Health Department originally contemplated changing the certificate to say “Spouse A” and “Spouse B” to reflect passage of Referendum 74, but chose to allow multiple options, according to its news release today:
Secretary of Health Mary Selecky approved the rules-change to add “spouse” to the existing language that includes “bride” and “groom.” Couples can check a box to choose the term they prefer. The original proposed change was to replace “bride” and “groom” with “spouse,” but many public comments suggested providing optional language, and Selecky agreed. More than 100 public comments were taken in writing and at a hearing in Tumwater November 28.
Marriage licenses become available to gay and lesbian couples Dec. 6.
Here’s the form, which also asks spouses for their genders in order to compile statistical data on same-sex marriage: