Earlier this year, Washington state became one of the handful of states to allow same-sex marriages to be performed in that state. But now, opponents of the new law have collected enough signatures to put the matter to a referendum. National Organization for Marriage, who headed the drive, collected more than 247,000 signatures to send the issue to a public vote, well beyond the 120,577 signatures needed to qualify. A recent poll showed that 54 percent of people in the state think gay marriage should be legal. The law legalizing same-sex marriage was signed into law by Gov. Christine Gregoire earlier this year after the legislature voted it through, though it never made its way to the streets of Washington. Citizens will vote on the measure in November’s general election.