OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Three years after approving an "everything but marriage" expansion to the state's domestic partnership law, voters are getting the final say on whether Washington will join a handful of other states that allow gay and lesbian couples to get married.
Referendum 74 asks people to either approve or reject the state's new law legalizing same-sex marriage. That law, passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire earlier this year, is on hold pending the outcome of the election.
Washington is one of four states where voters are being asked about gay marriage. As in Washington state, voters in Maryland and Maine will decide whether or not to legalize same-sex marriage. In Minnesota, voters will determine whether to place a ban on gay marriage in the state constitution, as 30 other states have done previously.