Joseph Backholm, the chair of Preserve Marriage Washington, carries one of the first boxes of petitions for Referendum 74 into the Secretary of State's office to stop Washington's gay marriage law Wednesday, June 6, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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The Associated Press reports that Referendum 74, an anti-gay marriage measure, has netted enough verified signatures to qualify for a November 2012 ballot. In total, 247,331 opponents went against the law, passing the minimum of 120,577 needed.
Back in February, Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) signed a bill into law making Washington the seventh U.S. state to allow same-sex marriage.
"I'm proud our same-sex couples will no longer be treated as separate but equal," said Gregoire, praising the day as one "that historians will mark as a milestone for equal rights."
The law was set to go into effect on June 7, but those hundreds of thousands of signatures put the initiative on hold.
Source: The AP