Opponents Stop Gay Marriage in WA

    OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 13: Marriage equality legislation awaits the signature of Washington State Governor Chris Groggier February 13, 2012 at the state capitol in Olympia, Washington. Washington state is the seventh state to legalize same sex marriage, however, before the law will go into effect it will most likely need to survive voter initiatives that would overturn it. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

    Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a law earlier this year allowing same-sex couples to marry, but opponents of the measure have collected enough signatures to stop it from taking effect. Preserve Marriage Washington submitted about 240,000 signatures to state officials, who will review whether there are enough valid signatures to send the issue for a public vote. Washington’s secretary of state suggests that activists collect about 150,000 signatures to have a cushion, so it appears the issue will make it onto the ballot easily.

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