Voters may face 2 ballot measures on gay marriage
Thursday, February 9, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Voters may be presented with two ballot measures seeking to overturn a recently passed measure that would legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state.
On Wednesday, the Legislature approved a gay marriage bill with a 55-43 vote in the House. The Senate approved it last week on a 28-21 vote, and now the bill awaits a signature from Gov. Chris Gregoire. She is expected to sign the measure into law next week.
Opponents have already promised to challenge the measure at the ballot with a referendum, which would ask voters whether they want to uphold the law or overturn it. But another gay marriage opponent, Everett attorney Stephen Pidgeon, had already filed an initiative last month seeking to clarify state law to "between one man and one woman."