(CNSNews.com) – The City of Seattle erected five "chapels" inside its city hall over the weekend, so the government facility could host 138 same-sex wedding ceremonies on Sunday.
Same-sex unions became legal in Washington as of Sunday due to the passage of a referendum in the November election.
"In preparation for the festivities, local artists Jennifer Zeyl and Celeste Cooning, with help from city staff, are decking out the building’s large lobby to make decorations for some 140 planned weddings,” the city’s website states. “The decorations consist of several self-contained areas that will act as individual ‘chapels’ within the lobby space.”
A reception was held for all the couples in the City Hall plaza.
“There will be food, coffee, and the chance to witness history,” the website states.
Seattle.gov’s homepage has links to pages devoted to the weddings, including a photo gallery of some of the couples and their wedding parties.
There is also a link to a blog on the Seattle Police Department’s website. The blog includes videos of LBGT police officers talking about their sexual orientation.
But some Seattle residents were not celebrating on Sunday.
Dan Kennedy, who is chief executive of the pro-life group Human Life of Washington, told the Seattle Times the day reminded him of the Roman Empire.
“I feel like I’m living in pagan Rome,” Kennedy said.
The Times also interviewed Steve Beren, a Christian and conservative political consultant.
“I feel bad for those people because they are celebrating what they are doing wrong,” Beren told the Times.
The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines chapel as “a place of worship” or “house of worship.”