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Same-Sex Marriage Foes Submit Signatures to Put Law to Vote

Same-sex marriage, which was approved by the Legislature earlier this year, appears to be headed for the November ballot.

Same-sex marriage appears to be headed for a vote in Washington, after opponents turned in signatures to put Referendum 74 on the ballot.

The Olympian reported that 232,000 signatures have been turned in, which is far more than the 100,000 needed to put the Referendum on the ballot.

Referendum 74 would re-affirm the law that .

Referendum 74 would ask voters whether or not to approve gay marriage in Washington. Voting "yes" means you support gay marriage.

Several groups have geared up for the showdown. The an anti-gay group that stages protests around the country at high-profile events, also has organized a number of protests in Olympia and around the state, including one at , the Bellevue mother of two who was killed in last week's Seattle shooting spree.

According to the Secretary of State's Office, the legislation normally would taken effect 90 days after the governor's signature, which would have been June 7. If the state verifies the signatures submitted today, the law would be put to a vote in November and same-sex marriage would not take place in Washington state until after the November ballot.

The Secretary of State's Office posted a blog post last month outlining the process for verifying the signatures and what a vote for Referendum 74 would mean.

Dawna Doering June 14, 2012 at 01:19 AM
What in the world ever happened to the separation of church and state?
David Anderson June 14, 2012 at 01:34 AM
You are writing about?
David Anderson June 14, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Separation of church and state - something happened to it?
Dawna Doering June 14, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I am writing about the planned protest at a funeral. Having had to bury my husband, I can't imagine having to deal with a protest at a time like that.
David Anderson June 14, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Nor can I.

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