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posted Friday, November 25, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 47
U.S. Supreme Court refuses to block release of Ref. 71 names
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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to block release of Ref. 71 names

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

By a 7-1 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block release of the names of voters who signed the Referendum 71 petition to put Washington's domestic partnership law up for a vote.

The court did not give a reason for its November 21 ruling denying an injunction to block release of the names. In an earlier decision, the court ruled 8-1 that signatures on initiative petitions should be a matter of public record.

According to a statement by David Ammons, spokesperson for Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed, Justice Samuel Alito was the only vote in favor of blocking release of the names. Justice Elena Kagan did not take part in the decision.

The request to issue an injunction blocking publication of the names was brought by Protect Marriage Washington, the coalition of right-wing groups and evangelical churches that sponsored the Referendum 71 petition drive.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is responsible for motions arising from the Ninth Circuit, referred the request to the full court, which did not support the motion.

'This means we can once again release these public records,' said Katie Blinn, co-director of state elections in the secretary of state's office.

Reed had supported publication of the names, arguing that the state's Public Records Act made the petitions - and therefore the names and other information the petitions contained - public information.

Sponsors of the petition drive contended they might be targeted for harassment if their names were published.

In 2009, Protect Marriage Washington successfully blocked public release of the petitions. Subsequent appeals went against them, however.

After ruling that the names may be published, the Supreme Court sent the case back to U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle in Tacoma.

Settle then ruled that sponsors of the anti-Gay measure had not shown that they have been harassed - or would face harassment - if names on the R 71 petitions were released.

Several plaintiffs seeking to block release of the names - including the Rev. Ken Hutcherson, Faith and Freedom Network leader Gary Randall, and State Sen. Val Stevens - are well-known public figures and longtime opponents of LGBT rights.

Protect Marriage Washington had asked that release of names be blocked until the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals hears an appeal of Judge Settle's ruling. Settle, the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court have now rejected the group's request.

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