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June 30, 2014 at 9:15 PM

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Ballard Blessings


LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Husbands Dave Heater and Bill Soderberg kiss after being blessed by their pastor Tim Devine of St. Paul's United Church of Christ with their children Zack, 3, and Gabriella, 8, during a "Ballard Blessings" event at Ballard Commons Park in recognition of the conversion of thousands of same-sex domestic partnerships to marriage in Washington state on June 30, 2014. Heater and Soderberg have been together for 23 years, and had a wedding ceremony 13 years ago, but due to the conversion, are now considered legally married. "We felt like we'd been married the past thirteen years, in our hearts. This is just a chance for the state to legally recognize our marriage," Soderberg said. Pastors from six Seattle churches as well as the Interfaith Community Sanctuary were on hand to provide blessings to anyone who asked, along with entertainment, face painting and food. A provision of the 2012 same-sex marriage law converts all same-sex domestic partnerships where both partners are under 62 years old to legal marriage today.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

"Alleyoop", or Al Hirsch, whistles while he entertains kids on the grass during a "Ballard Blessings" event.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Many books with readings from several different faiths, including pagan and indigenous readings, line the table set up by the Interfaith Community Sanctuary.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

"Bubbleman," Garry Golightly, entertains children with a large rainbow umbrella.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Kathleen Weber of Trinity United Methodist Church stands with other pastors as they wait to bless people.

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