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Referendum 74 will be on the ballot

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A referendum on gay marriage in Washington state has qualified for the ballot. The secretary of state's office announced Tuesday that Referendum 74 passed the signature-verification process that has been taking place since last week.

Sponsors turned in 247,331 signatures, far more than the minimum of 120,577 valid voter signatures required. A 3 percent random sample was done and of the 7,561 signatures that were sampled during the check, 6,877 were accepted and the rest were rejected.

The referendum seeks to overturn the measure allowing same-sex marriage in the state. That law was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire earlier this year.

The law was supposed to take effect last Thursday but was put on hold once the signatures were turned in last Wednesday.

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