Gay marriage opponents revving up petitions for Referendum 74

Gay marriage opponents revving up petitions for Referendum 74

Gay marriage opponents revving up petitions for Referendum 74

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 7:11 AM

SEATTLE -- Opponents of gay marriage begin circulating petitions Thursday in an effort to block the state's new law and put the issue into the hands of voters in November.

Last month, Washington became the seventh state to legalize gay marriage. The same day Governor Chris Gregoire signed the bill, opponents were filing paperwork to collect signatures.

More than 120,000 signatures are needed by June 6 to get Referendum 74 on the ballot. If that happens, the law is put on hold until after the election. On the ballot in November, voters would decide either yes or no on gay marriage.

Opponents say they think they will be able to get the needed signatures.

On the Facebook page for the Family Policy Institute of Washington, one person writes: "This is not about hate - simply differentiating one type of relationship from another."

But some people disagree.

"I think every person deserves the right to get married. It's already been passed once, why move backwards," said Washington resident Edgar (He did not want to give his last name).

According to the Herald, Joseph Backholm, executive director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington, said petitions were printed Wednesday and will be circulated Thursday. Backholm said they don't plan on hiring signature gatherers because they already have 4,000 people who have asked to circulate the petitions.

This may not be the only same-sex marriage issue on the ballot. Voters may also find Initiative 1192 which, if approved, would define marriage in Washington as between only one man and one woman. Depending on which side of the issue you are, you'll have to vote yes on one and no on the other. Here's an explanation why.

 

KING 5's Natalie Swaby contributed to this report.

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