The new gay marriage law in the state of Washington is being challenged by opponents. Representatives of Preserve Marriage Washington gathered over 200,000 signatures to force the gay marriage issue into a state-wide referendum.
“By the end of the day, we’re going to have upwards of 240,000 signatures, which is double the minimum requirement of eligible signatures and, we believe, that largest number of signatures ever delivered in a referendum in Washington State,” said Joseph Backholm, the Chairman of Preserve Marriage Washington. Mr. Backholm added that because the civil union law was not being challenged, the new debate over marriage would not be about taking away or preserving legal protections. Instead, he said, Washington voters would decide a finer distinction for only marriage itself and could thus vote to repeal the new law without feeling that legal harm was being done to anyone. New York Times
Once again, those pushing gay marriage in the state are citing polls that purport to show that well over 50% of the citizens of Washington support the redefinition of marriage to include homosexuals. Well, Washington is supposedly a very liberal state that currently has a domestic partnership law that has been ratified by the general public, so it would seem on the face of it that the polls are on target. Time will tell though.
Overall, I think the gay marriage battle will go the same way as the abortion struggle—there will be an ebb and flow over time of fluctuating feelings and shifting opinions that will make any so-called gay marriage victory a tentative win at best.