The US Supreme Court has ruled the names of people who signed petitions in an attempt to overturn a new gay rights law in Washington could be made public, a victory for state officials who said the case was a test of open government laws.
Anti-gay activist wanted to keep the names private fearing in fear of retribution from "violent homofascists." We say to the homofascists: Go Get 'Em....Tear those scums up!!!
The ruling was 8-1.
Justices ruled in a case called Doe V. Reed. They heard oral arguments in Washington, D.C., April 28. The conservative group that tried to block release of the signatures wanted the nation's high court to uphold a lower court ruling that said signing petitions and referendum is constitutionally protected political speech - which by law is OK to engage in anonymously. The group, Protect Marriage Washington, asked justices to shield the names of the 138,000 people who signed Referendum 71 petitions in hopes of overturning the "everything but marriage" same-sex domestic partner law. In November Washington voters upheld the new statute. Gay rights groups have said they'll post the petition signers' names online, and some fear harassment or threats if their names are revealed.
For all you legal brief lovers, the opinion is HERE (PDF).
This could mean transparency in future referendums and campaign finance laws from here on out!! GOOD!