Couple raises equality flag on Space Needle

The two women who were the first same-sex couple to be granted a marriage license in Washington are grand marshals in the annual Seattle Pride Parade.

West Seattle couple Jane Abbot Lighty and Pete-e Petersen also stood on the Space Needle on Sunday morning to raise a giant marriage equality flag above the Seattle icon. The flag featuring a red equal sign is making its first appearance atop the Space Needle.

In another first, the Seattle Mariners are flying the rainbow flag during their game Sunday against the Chicago Cubs.

A group called Seattle Out & Proud said the Mariners will be the first Major League Baseball team to publicly fly the gay pride flag. But Mariners spokeswoman Rebecca Hale said she cannot confirm that Seattle is first.

Seattle’s gay pride parade began downtown late Sunday morning and concludes at Seattle Center with a pride festival until early evening.