Anti-Gay Marriage Referendum Qualifies For Washington State Ballot

A referendum on Washington’s law allowing same-sex marriage will appear on the state’s November ballot, the secretary of state’s office announced Wednesday.

Opponents to the law submitted 247,331 signatures last week — vastly exceeding the minimum of 120,577 valid signatures required.  The signatures then passed the signature-verification process, bringing Referendum 74 to a statewide vote this fall.

If passed, the referendum will overturn a measure that was passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) earlier this year.  Washington is one of two states that legalized same-sex marriage in 2012.  A similar law was passed and signed into law earlier this year in Maryland, where there will likely be a referendum on the measure as well.