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Tue September 4, 2012
Same-sex marriage foes grapple with Wash. campaign rules
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The group seeking to overturn Washington's gay marriage law has changed its website instructions to churches that want to raise money for the effort, but state campaign finance officials say that the language is still not in compliance with state law.
Preserve Marriage Washington pushed to get Referendum 74 on the November ballot. R-74 asks voters to either approve or reject the law passed earlier this year that allows same-sex marriage in the state. That law is on hold pending a November vote.
Last week, Preserve Marriage's website had a special "church tools" section where churches were told to collect donation envelopes and forward them to the campaign. Now, the group asks the churches to designate a volunteer to collect the donations.
The state Public Disclosure Commission says that the campaign, not the church, needs to designate a volunteer.