Same Sex Marriage Records, 1999-2004

Overview of the Collection

Seattle (Wash.). Law Dept.
Same Sex Marriage Records
1999-2004 (inclusive)
2004 (bulk)
0.4 cubic feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
Records relating to Law Department work on issues around same sex marriage.
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2062337807
Fax: 2063869025
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Law Department represents the City in all legal matters and litigation, provides legal advice and opinions to City departments and agencies, and is responsible for prosecuting violations of City ordinances in Municipal Court. The position of City Attorney was established in 1875. The 1890 City Charter created the Law Department headed by the Corporation Counsel. The title was changed to City Attorney in 1977.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Files of Suzanne Skinner relating to a 2004 executive order directing City departments to recognize same sex marriages in the same manner as opposite sex marriages. At that time, same sex marriage was outlawed in Washington State, but the policy was meant to apply to couples married in other states. Files cover Mayor Nickels's executive order and public statements, implications for employee benefits and retirement, and development of related legislation. Also covered is a lawsuit against the city seeking to prohibit the order from being implemented.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Same Sex Marriage Records, Record Series 4405-01. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Ordinances 2004
1 2 Mayor's Office 2004
1 3 Benefits / Personnel 2004
1 4 Retirement 1999
1 5 Contracting 2004
1 6 Research (1 of 2) 2004
1 7 Research (2 of 2) 2004
1 8 Leskovar v. Nickels 2004
1 9 Leskovar v. Nickels - Research 2004

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Subject Terms

  • Gay rights--Washington (State)--Seattle