I work with a lot of people considering a move to the Pacific Northwest, and many of them are weighing the merits of Vancouver, Washington against Portland, Oregon….barely sepaarated by a state line and the Columbia River.Ã‚Â Now, marriage equality in the state of Washington is tipping the scales.Ã‚Â While Portland may be heaven for LGBTers and progressives, Vancouver is a step ahead with marriage equality.Ã‚Â Want to get married in Vancouver?Ã‚Â Here is what you do.
Head over to the Clark County marriage license office on Franklin (near downtown Vancouver).Ã‚Â Both applicants must be over 18 years old.Ã‚Â Applicants do not need to be legal residents of the state of Washington, but the license is needed for any weddings performed in Washington.Ã‚Â The fee is $64 and is payable by cash only.Ã‚Â No refunds!
Then, you have to wait three days to have the wedding.Ã‚Â I know that seems like a long time to wait, but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve waited this long.Ã‚Â You can make it.Ã‚Â Have lunch at TigerLily while you wait. In the meantime, go explore all that the LGBT community of Vancouver has to offer.
Corey Eubanks is a gay Realtor working in the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA region.Ã‚Â For more information, please visit www.CoreyEubanks.com.Ã‚Â He also runs the website 365 Queer Things To Do in Portland at www.365PDXq.com.