(Elaine Thompson/The Associated Press)
June 6, 2012
Supporters stack boxes of petitions for Referendum 74 along a wall in the Secretary of State's office to stop Washington's gay marriage law Wednesday in Olympia. The law was blocked from taking effect as opponents filed more than 200,000 signatures seeking a public vote on the issue in November. Preserve Marriage Washington submitted the signatures just a day before the state was to begin allowing same-sex marriages. State officials will review the filings over the next week to determine whether the proposed referendum will qualify for a public vote, though the numbers suggest the measure will make the ballot easily.