Gay marriage backers of R74 outraise foes

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OLYMPIA (AP) -- In the final days of the election, gay marriage supporters hold a strong financial advantage over the group looking to overturn Washington state's law allowing same-sex marriage.

Filings posted late Tuesday with the Public Disclosure Commission show Washington United for Marriage raised $1.3 million over the past two weeks, bringing the total it's raised to $11.9 million. Preserve Marriage Washington, which opposes the gay marriage law, raised more than $481,000 during that same period and has raised a total of $2.6 million, far short of the $4 million officials initially expected to raise. "We never expected to match the other side dollar for dollar," said Chip White of Preserve Marriage. "We just needed to raise enough money to get our message out."

Referendum 74 asks voters to either approve or reject same-sex marriage.

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