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Opponents of gay marriage gain more than enough signatures

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OLYMPIA, Wash.  - Opponents of gay marriage announced on Monday morning that they have more than enough signatures on Referendum 74, and will turn them in on Wednesday.

The referendum seeks to overturn the measure allowing same-sex marriage in Washington, that was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire earlier this year. The new law takes effect Thursday unless opponents turn in enough signatures by Wednesday.

To qualify for the ballot, 120,577 valid voter signatures are required on R-74. The Secretary of State recommends campaigns submit 150,000 signatures to provide a cushion for invalid or duplicate signatures. But as of this weekend, opponents of gay marriage have collected nearly 200,000 signatures, well over the amount needed to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

 

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