The New York Times
June 7, 2012
But as a consortium of groups opposed to Washington State’s four-month-old marriage law filed their petitions here in the capital on Wednesday — the first salvo in a battle to repeal the statute at the ballot box in November — independent polls suggest that the playing field, at least here, may be leveling. President Obama’s endorsement of marriage equality last month is probably the biggest new variable in a state that he won handily in 2008 and where he still had a 54 percent approval rating in a poll released last week by Strategies 360.