No surprise: on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, the day after Washington Gov. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed legislation legalizing marriage rights for same sex couples in that state, opponents of marriage equality filed a referendum challenging the new law. (See Andrew Harmon's interview with Gregoire in The Advocate ) The challenge is designated as Referendum 74 and according to blogger David Ammons on the Secretary of State’s site:
It's likely to be early March before R-74 sponsors can print and circulate petitions. Their deadline for turning in at least 120,577 valid signatures is June 6. That is one day before the new law, SB6239, ordinarily would have taken effect. The submission of signatures suspends the law from taking effect until after signature verification and, if qualified with enough valid signatures, until the election is conducted this fall and certified by Dec. 6.
The text of R-74 will be the text of the law.
If it makes the ballot, voters will decide whether to affirm or reject the new law.
Ammons also has a post on FAQ on pending gay-marriage referendum, including that a referendum takes a simple majority to win and this critical note: