Washington voters were saying yes to the state’s same-sex marriage measure, echoing apparent victories in other states with gay-marriage measures on the ballot.
Referendum 74 was leading in initial vote counts Tuesday night 53 percent to 47 percent. In King County, it was ahead 65 percent to 35 percent.
If the law ultimately passes, it would take effect Dec. 6.
Voters in Maine and Maryland were also approving gay-marriage laws, and in Minnestota, they were rejecting a constitutional ban against it.