King County, which includes Seattle, on Thursday announced it had broken its record for most marriage licenses issued in a day.

Officials opened their doors at 12:01AM Thursday, the first day a gay marriage law went into effect.

King County Executive Dow Constantine was on hand to sign the first marriage license.

The Olympian reported that couples got in line the evening before and that volunteers serenaded and distributed roses to those waiting in line.

“Tonight you are making history,” Constantine said to the first group of couples at a special midnight ceremony. “Not only our legislators but the people of this state have said every person is entitled to equal treatment. This advances our law in the state of Washington, and brings us one step closer to that first 'self-evident' truth announced by our nation's founders: That all are created equal.”

The first couple to receive a marriage license were Jane Abbott Lighty, 77, and Pete-e Peterson, 85, of West Seattle. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Roughly three hours after opening, King County tweeted that it had issued 122 licenses, breaking its record for most licenses in a day.

Washington's three-day waiting period means the state's first weddings won't begin until Sunday. Seattle City Hall will open for 5 hours on Sunday to begin celebrating what are expected to be the state's first gay weddings.