Anti-gay marriage groups in Washington
state have announced an effort to repeal a gay partner law even
before Governor Chris Gregoire has signed the bill into law.
Gary Randall, president of the Faith
and Freedom Network, says his group hopes to place a referendum on
the November ballot that would repeal the legislation passed this
The Democratically-controlled House
approved the bill on Wednesday that expands a domestic partnership
law and grants gay and lesbian couples all the rights and benefits
that the state offers married couples except the name. Governor
Gregoire has said she will sign the bill into law.
Washington state law bans gay marriage. Opponents of the domestic partnership expansion
say it redefines marriage and violates the law.
“The bill ... elevates homosexual
relationships to that of traditional marriage, thus eliminating any
legal difference between domestic partnerships and marriage,”
Randall wrote in a blog entry posted on the group's website.
“I do not believe a majority [of]
Washingtonians believe in homosexual marriage, nor do they want to
become a national attraction for homosexuals from other states and
countries,” he adds.
Also involved in the challenge is the
conservative group Washington Values Alliance and Faith. The two
groups met with social and religious leaders for several hours in
Olympia on Wednesday to discuss the issue, reports the Herald.