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Washington legalizes same sex marriage; opponents file referendum

February 13, 2012

(Reuters) – Washington state became the seventh in the nation to put a law on its books recognizing same-sex marriage on Monday, as opponents of the measure signed by Governor Christine Gregoire vowed to try to prevent it from ever taking effect.

The measure, which won final approval from state lawmakers last Wednesday, remains essentially on hold until at least early June, following a standard enactment period that runs until 90 days after Washington’s legislative session ends.

Opponents launched their own campaign on Monday to seek the statute’s repeal at the polls in November through a ballot measure that could delay enactment further or halt it entirely.

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