Washington anti-gay marriage initiative dead; referendum lives

Washington anti-gay marriage initiative dead; referendum lives

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Maira Garcia (R) and Maria Vargas wait on line to get married at the Brooklyn City Clerk's office on July 24, 2011 in New York City. Today was the first day gay couples were allowed to legally marry in New York state.

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 7:08 AM

Washington voters will only have to vote on one measure regarding same-sex marriage, not two.

The Olympian
reports a citizen initiative that defines marriage as being only between a man and a woman did not obtain enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. I-1192 needed more than 240,000 valid signatures by Friday. Its sponsor, Stephen Pidgeon, admits he is still about 140,000 short.

The other same-sex measure that will be on the ballot is Referendum 74, which will allow voters to decide whether the state should enact the same-sex marriage law passed by the Legislature this year. A yes vote means you want to allow same-sex marriage. A no vote means you don’t.

The group Washington United for Marriage announced Monday that Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer each contributed $100,000 to the campaign to pass R-74.
 

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