OLYMPIA, Wash. - Supporters of gay marriage in Washington state are declaring victory, saying there's no way opponents can take the majority vote as votes continue to come in.
Referendum 74 asked people in Washington to approve or reject a state law legalizing same sex marriage that lawmakers passed earlier this year. Governor Christine Gregoire signed the law, but it had been on hold pending this election's outcome.
With about half of the expected ballots counted by Tuesday night, R-74 was passing with 52% of the vote. Counties posted additional results on Wednesday. While the measure was losing in 31 of the state's 39 counties, it had its strongest lead (65% of the vote) - in King County, which holds about a third of the state's voters.
Election results are not final or official until the Secretary of State's office certifies them. December 6, 2012 is the last day for the Secretary of State to certify the returns.