Officials Release Names of Signers of Washington’s Referendum 71

We all remember Washington State’s Referendum 71 (2009), which asked voters to approve or reject the state’s domestic partnership law, granting registered domestic partners additional state rights previously given only to married couples. It was ultimately approved.

On Monday, after a District Court battle, the Secretary of State’s Office released the names of 137,500 people who signed Referendum 71 petitions in an effort to bring the law to a public vote.

Read:   Ruling brings release of Ref. 71 signers’ names  [Seattle Times]

You may recall that in June, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that that gay marriage opponents do not have an automatic legal right to prevent public release of the names and addresses of the signers of the ballot measure favoring traditional marriage.   Here’s a link to an old Reuter’s story on that event:   U.S. court won’t keep secret gay marriage opponents


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