Domestic Partners Now Considered Married

<p>David Mance and Brian Poage</p>

David Mance and Brian Poage

David Mance and Brian Poage have spent the last 17 years together as a couple, and now, they can spend the rest of their lives married.

"Today actually happening, it's like, wow, it's really happening!" said Mance.

Mance, a former colleague of ours at Your Local ABC, never imagined this day would come.

"I never thought in my lifetime that I could consider myself married, just because of who I am," said Mance.

The same is happening for thousands of other domestic partners throughout Washington state.

Beginning today, registered domestic partners will be considered married in the eyes of the state -- through a component of the state's same-sex marriage law, approved by voters back in 2012.

Over 6,500 partnerships exist in Washington, and more than 7,000 other same-sex couples have been married since same-sex marriage became legal.

Mance says the two had planned a wedding, but just didn't have the time and this was the easier route.

"We have busy lives; work, taking care of stuff at home," said Mance, "Pretty soon the clock ticked and here it is, June 30th."

After 17 years of love, the two say they couldn't be happier to see how much society has changed, in their opinion, for the better.

"The powers that be are realizing that it doesn't make sense to deny people the chance to love who they want to love," said Mance.