Can conservatives overcome Washington's secular bent to ban gay marriage?
Conservatives in Washington state claimed victory this month by collecting double the signatures needed to send the state's same-sex marriage law to voters in the upcoming general election.
And while leaders from Preserve Marriage Washington are confident residents will vote to keep marriage between a man and a woman, a wild card lies in their path -- one that's worth more than 4 million votes.
According to the 2010 U.S. Religion Census, more than half of the state's 6.8 million residents don't belong to a religious group. Preserve Marriage Washington, the organization behind the gay marriage petition (Referendum 74), is a coalition of community and faith groups, including the Washington State Catholic Conference....