Joseph Backholm, the chair of Preserve Marriage Washington, carries one of the first boxes of petitions for Referendum 74 into the Secretary of State's office to stop Washington's gay marriage law ... more 
Joseph Backholm, the chair of Preserve Marriage Washington, carries one of the first boxes of petitions for Referendum 74 into the Secretary of State's office to stop Washington's gay marriage law Wednesday, June 6, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. The law was blocked from taking effect as opponents filed more than 200,000 signatures 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Elaine Thompson
Wed, Jun 6, 2012 4:21 PM EDT