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Referendum 74 Opposing Gay Marriage Is Headed to a Vote in November

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Provided enough of the signatures are valid,  it appears Referendum 74 will be on the ballot this November.

Preserve Marriage Washington is the group opposing Gov. Gregoire’s gay marriage bill that passed the legislature and was set to go into effect Thursday. The group is made up of a variety of organizations who are against the measure. According to spokesman Joseph Backholm, the group submitted about 200,000 signatures to the Secretary Of State’s Office at 10am Wednesday.

In order to qualify for the ballot, referendums must have at least 120,577 valid signatures. The Secretary of State’s office requests 150,000 to account for duplicate or invalid names. Among the objections the group has to the law is that it was decided by the legislature and not the voters.

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