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Names of Ref 71 Petition Signers To Be Made Public

Jim Burroway

October 15th, 2009

A three-member panel of the Ninth U.S. Court of Appeals has reversed a decison by U.S. district judge who blocked the release of the names of those who signed the petitions putting Referendum 71 on the Washington Ballot. Referrendum 71 asks voters to approve or reject Washington’s domestic partnership law.

Washington’s Public Records Act requires names of petitions to be part of the public record. Last month, Judge Ben Settle in Tacoma set aside that law and approved Protect Marriage Washington’s request to keep the names hidden. Washington’s Atturney General’s Office argued that the law is important to ensure transparency in government and the release of these records is a vital part of that transparency.

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Lindoro Almaviva
October 15th, 2009 | LINK

And we return to the natural order of things. Now let’s see who those people are

Burr
October 15th, 2009 | LINK

Sanity prevails.. a little late though.. If only it spoke up BEFORE this fraudulent referendum was allowed.

AJD
October 15th, 2009 | LINK

The decision is going to be appealed. I just read in the Seattle Times.

William D. Lindsey
October 16th, 2009 | LINK

Interesting that Ben Settle is a Bush appointee.

jamesnimmo
October 16th, 2009 | LINK

and the appeal will be announced when?

After the date of the election?

Artemis Eneldo
October 20th, 2009 | LINK

Let see the names now!

If they are so confident they are in the right, they should not be ashamed to have their names revealed.

tacoma girl
November 2nd, 2009 | LINK

we choose to not have our names published because of hate crimes. the hate and bigotry are at the hands of the same right winger types who perpetrated the crusades, ignored the holocaust and burned matthew shepard. we fear for our lives. you fear we’ll take over. we just want to be left alone to love, to commit, to live.

Artemis Eneldo
December 21st, 2009 | LINK

Where are the names?

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