OLYMPIA, Wash. – Tuesday in Olympia, a county judge will word-smith the ballot language for the a referendum challenging the same-sex marriage in Washington. Christian conservatives want to overturn the legislature’s approval of gay marriage last month.
The referendum would be the second campaign to hit the streets in search of signatures to quality for the November statewide ballot. They’re are already collecting signatures since last week for Initiative 1192, which would define marriage as between one man and one woman.
Petitions for the other ballot measure are already circulating in churches. Pastor Ken Hutcherson says the petitions for I-1192 are popular.
Hutcherson: “It is going absolutely gang-busters from our church and we are challenging other churches to do and catch up to what we’re doing.”
He says he thinks the signature collecting for Referendum 74 will be successful as well. Meanwhile, supporters of same-sex marriage are trying to match their opponents’ signature for signature. Those names will go into a campaign database.
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