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Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - Page updated at 07:30 p.m.

Marriage initiative won't make ballot

By The Olympian

The citizen initiative that would spell out that marriage is only between a man and a woman won't qualify for the November ballot.

Its sponsor, Stephen Pidgeon, of Everett, says Initiative 1192 is more than 140,000 signatures short ahead of Friday's deadline for turning in petitions to the Office of the Secretary of State in Olympia, and he concedes it won't happen.

"I hate to say it, but we're just not going to cross the threshold. We're not going to make it. This measure is not going to be on the ballot," Pidgeon said of I-1192.

That leaves Ref. 74 as the lone measure on the Nov. 6 ballot that deals with same-sex marriage. It asks voters if they want, in effect, to ratify or reject Senate Bill 6239, which passed the Legislature this year and would make Washington the sixth state plus the District of Columbia to recognize gay marriages.

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