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