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U.S. Supremes will decide next month whether to take Ref. 71 petition privacy case

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Dec. 29, 2009 at 4:36 pm with 2 Comments »
December 29, 2009 4:38 pm

The Secretary of State’s blog announces that the U.S. Supreme Court will discuss the case when it conferences on Jan. 15.

This is the case brought by backers of Ref. 71, which sent to voters the issue of giving gay and lesbian couples everything-but-marriage rights in Washington state.

They wanted to block release of names of petition signers, arguing that release would subject signers to harassment, thus effecting their First Amendment rights. The federal District Court in Tacoma blocked release but that decision was overturned by the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

It is the 9th Circuit decision that is before the nation’s top court. The state argued that the court should not take the case and allow the 9th Circuit ruling to stand.

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  1. derylmccarty says:

    Ahh, we ought to get into a real fight on your use of “effect” (paragraph 2, line 2), unless you are making a political statement.

    The court’s decisions could affect our free speech rights, but they were already effected with the Constitution. Then again, we have learned over the years that one does not pick a fight with folks who buy ink by the barrel, since you will probably just suggest that my comment is just an affectation grown from the lack of affection twixt our political views. sigh.

  2. papasan says:

    I want to see the names of the bigots and haters in my neighborhood that supported the petition and those that provided funds for the campaign.
    I have a right to know who in my neighborhood has hatred in their heart and would want to take Constitutional rights from his fellow citizen.

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