Anti-gays back to court again to shield Ref 71 names

Timothy Kincaid

July 20th, 2010

From Seattle PI

Last month, in an 8-1 decision, justices ruled against Protect Marriage Washington. That decision dealt with claims by foes of the new gay rights law that disclosing their names would violate their First Amendment rights. However the justices said the plaintiffs could try to get a specific exemption on other grounds.

The secretary of state’s office said the conservative group is again taking their arguments to Judge Benjamin Settle, who last September blocked release of the names of people who signed Referendum 71 petitions.

UPDATE: Not quite yet:

So, the bottom line is that, contrary to the challengers’ previous announcement, there will be no Friday hearing. We will keep you posted as developments warrant. In the meantime, we remain under a state ban that does not allow us to release R-71 petitions – or any other initiatives and referenda.

Thanks, Lindoro Almaviva :)

Lindoro Almaviva

July 20th, 2010

Wait, they can’t be using the same argument because that judge and the arguments he based his decision on were overturned by a higher court, so what is the new argument?

Lindoro Almaviva

July 20th, 2010

From the website:


Deputy Solicitor General Bill Collins, who is representing the Secretary of State in the ongoing Doe v. Reed litigation, reports that U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle has dismissed all pending motions in the R-71 public records case. He will await the official paperwork from the U.S. Supreme Court regarding its recent 8-1 opinion in the case and transferring jurisdiction back to his courtroom. At that point, Protect Marriage Washington will be able to re-file fresh motions to block release of the R-71 petitions.

So, the bottom line is that, contrary to the challengers’ previous announcement, there will be no Friday hearing. We will keep you posted as developments warrant. In the meantime, we remain under a state ban that does not allow us to release R-71 petitions – or any other initiatives and referenda.

Seems like the road ahead will be a LOT more difficult than they expected, given that the judge can not overturn the SCOUTS of his friend’s whim.


July 21st, 2010

SCOTUS ruled against the prima facie challenge, that the PRA was unconstitutional altogether. They did not rule on (because it was not “ripe”, having not been addressed by Settle or CA9) the “as applied” challenge, that the PRA is unconstitutional as Washington proposes to use it in this case.
That is what remains for Settle to hear — though in Sotomayor’s concurrence, she set a very high bar for what would be required for such a finding, and Scalia threw away the bar altogether, judging it impossible.


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