Wash. gay marriage referendum renumbered



SEATTLE (AP) — After a clerical error, the Washington Secretary of State’s office has renumbered the referendum on same-sex marriage.

Spokesman Dave Ammons says Tuesday the referendum filed by opponents of gay marriage had been given a number that had already been assigned.

The gay marriage referendum has been renumbered to Referendum-74, or R-74, instead of Referendum 73.

Ammons says the Attorney General’s office noticed the error.

Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill legalizing gay marriage on Monday, making Washington the seventh state to do so.

But the same day, a group called Preserve Marriage Washington filed the referendum. If they collect the more than 120,577 valid voter signatures needed by June 6, the law will be put on hold pending the outcome of a November vote.