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Supporters of Referendum 74 declare victory

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Supporters of gay marriage in Washington state are declaring victory, saying there's no way opponents can prevail as votes continue to trickle in on Referendum 74.

Zach Silk, a spokesman with Washington United for Marriage, said Wednesday that they were confident that they would hold or build on their current lead of 52 percent.

The measure asked Washingtonians to approve or reject a state law legalizing same-sex marriage that lawmakers passed earlier this year. That law was signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire but has been on hold pending the election's outcome.

With about half of the expected ballots counted Tuesday night, R-74 was passing with 52 percent of the vote. Counties were expected to post additional vote results Wednesday afternoon.

The measure was losing in 31 of the state's 39 counties. But it had its strongest lead -- 65 percent of the vote -- in King County, which holds about a third of the state's voters.