Washington same-sex marriage law postponed by referendum filing Saheli Chakrabarty at 8:15 PM ET
[JURIST] Preserve Marriage Washington [advocacy website] presented over 200,000 referendum signatures on Wednesday seeking to overturn recently signed same-sex marriage legislation. The signatures have prevented Washington's gay marriage law from taking effect on Thursday. Earlier this year Washington Governor Chris Gregoire [official website] announced her plans to permit same-sex marriages to be performed in the state and signed the measure into law [JURIST reports] in February. Over the next week state officials will determine whether the proposed referendum qualifies for a public vote [AP report]. The issue will likely be voted on at the ballots in November.
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