Yesterday, Governor Gregoire signed Washington State's marriage equality bill. In 90 days, it will become law, and we will have full marriage equality for all citizens of this state, and not a moment too soon.
Except: it's not that easy. (Chorus: It's NEVER that easy!) Those who oppose marriage equality have begun collecting signatures towards getting their referendum, R-74, on the ballot. R-74 would put the issue up for a public vote. The referendum affirms the exact text of the bill just passed into law. Opponents of marriage equality will try to get people who support marriage equality to sign the referendum petitions based on the pro-equality text. If they can't get enough signatures, it will become law on 6/6/2012; if it goes to a vote, it is possible for it to be voted down, and even if it passes, we won't get weddings until December. The petition isn't gathering signatures of those who agree with marriage equality; it's gathering signatures of those who believe that basic civil rights should be subject to a popular vote.
If you support marriage equality, please decline to sign ANY referendum about marriage that you see before this year's elections. But if the anti-marriage people get this on the ballot, you'll want to vote to APPROVE it in November. Welcome to Washington's confusing referendum process.