The Washington legislature enacted what is commonly called the “everything but marriage” law, which is what the group who assembled the petition, Protect Marriage Washington, sought to overturn. If the signatures are deemed valid and the petition is accepted, the measure will be put on the ballot and a majority of Washington residents will have to sign on before the law is finalized.
In a release, Larry Stickney, Campaign Manager for Protect Marriage Washington, said that he was harassed while collecting signatures for the petition.
“No petition signer should have to endure the threats and harassment I endured,” he said. “Obviously we are pleased with the Court’s ruling today and are hopeful that the Court will enter a more permanent injunction.”