Washington Anti-Marriage Equality Initiative Fails Signature Test

Voters in Washington will have the opportunity to affirm the state’s new same-sex marriage law by voting Yes on Referendum 74, but they will not have the opportunity to constitutionally ban the unions. Stephen Pidgeon, an anti-gay Republican candidate for state attorney general, had been collecting signatures for I-1192, a citizen initiative to define marriage as only between a man and a woman, but he failed to collect enough. In fact, he was more than 140,000 signatures short of what he needed to qualify for the ballot. Pidgeon blamed the conservatives who worked to put Referendum 74 on the ballot for “poisoning the well.”