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Supreme Ct. Justice Blocks Release of Ref 71 Petition Names

Jim Burroway

October 19th, 2009

Last week we reported that a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Court of Appeals authorized the state of Washington to release the namesof those who signed the petition to put Referendum 71 on the ballot. Today, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy temporarily blocked the release while considering a request from Protect Marriage Washington to reverse the appeals court ruling.

Protect Marriage Washington had circulated a petition to put Washington’s Domestic Partnership Registry before the voters. If Referendum 71 passes, the Domestic Partnership Registry will be preserved. In September, U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle temporarily barred state officials from releasing the identities of those who signed the referendum petitions, saying that releasing the names could chill the First Amendment rights of petition signers. The Appeals court disagreed, saying that the petition process is a legislative process that is subject to the state’s open records laws.

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Lindoro Almaviva
October 19th, 2009 | LINK

Where is the Republican Party’s outrage over activist judges? Anyone?

Patrick
October 19th, 2009 | LINK

On a related topic, I just got an automated phone call taking a poll on Referendum 71. It began by stating that “homosexual activists have succeeded in putting an initiative on the ballot that would give homosexuals all the rights of marriage without calling it marriage”. This, of course, is outright false since it was the anti-gays who put the measure on the ballot. After asking which way I plan to vote, I was then asked how I feel about abortion. After the abortion question, it was which way I will likely vote in state senate elections, and finally if I consider myself a conservative, democrat or moderate. In each case the conservative position was the first choice.

Vancity
October 19th, 2009 | LINK

In your first paragraph, I assume you meant to type “Protect Marriage Washington.”

Jim Burroway
October 19th, 2009 | LINK

Vancity, you’re right. I’ve corrected it.

DaveM
October 23rd, 2009 | LINK

9CA released their opinion:
http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2009/10/22/0935818.pdf

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