Group won't appeal referendum case

Supporters of the state’s most recent expansion of domestic partnership rights say they’re dropping efforts to block a public vote on the new law. Washington Families Standing Together chairwoman Anne Levinson said the group is going to focus on a campaign to ensure that the law is retained.

On Tuesday, a Thurston County judge rejected the group’s argument that state officials improperly accepted thousands of petition signatures in support of putting Referendum 71 on the ballot.

The Olympian, news services