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R-71 appears set for November ballot

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  Earlier this year, the legislature approved the Everything but Marriage bill, which expands domestic partnership rights. 

It was set to take effect over the summer.  That was until a group opposing the bill filed Referendum-71.  R-71 supporters needed to collect over 120,000 signatures to bring the issue to voters, which they did.  But supporters of gay-rights have argued election officials improperly accepted thousands of signatures.  It's been a back and fourth court battle since then. 

But now, a Thurston County judge has ruled enough signatures are valid, and the issue now goes to you. 

The only way to block this from the ballot is for an appeal to the Supreme Court.  The latest developments show groups don't plan on appealing.