The Washington state Health Department will be changing marriage and divorce certificates in response to the same-sex marriage law that takes effect Dec. 6.
Words such as “bride,” “groom,” “husband” and “wife” will likely be gone. The department wants to use gender-neutral terms.
Spokesman Tim Church told KIRO-FM (http://is.gd/qO94io ) they could be replaced with something like “Spouse A” and “Spouse B.”
The forms will still include gender so the state can track the number of same-sex couples in the state.
The department is asking the public for suggestions. A public hearing on wording marriage certificates was held on Nov. 28 in Tumwater.