In some of the most disappointing (yet expected) news of the day, opponents of Washington's gay marriage law filed more than 200,000 signatures today, blocking the law from taking effect, and 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.
"The current definition of marriage works and has worked," said Joseph Backholm, the chair of Preserve Marriage Washington.
Unless, of course, you're gay.
Supporters of equality and gay marriage will now be asked to approve Referendum 74 in November to protect the state's gay marriage law - which, as The Stranger points out, can be a little confusing given the fact these supporters are people who want to reject the anti-gay-marriage efforts of Preserve Marriage Washington and others like them. Educating voters about this potential confusion will no doubt be important in the coming months as our state attempts to hold onto the progress it has made toward equality.
While the news is disheartening, and presents one more hurdle on the path to what's right and just, perhaps a good question to ask is: Given Washington's progressive nature, how worried are you about the possibility that our state's gay marriage law could be overturned?