Court to decide if petition signers' names public - Yahoo! News
This strikes me as important not as a gay rights issue, but as an issue involving petitions. Should your signing a petition be public knowledge? I am really split on this. On the one hand, I think if you don't feel strongly enough to take a public stand, maybe you should not be signing a petition. However, the action of people who are vowing to post the signers' names on the internet is shameful, and this type of intimidation should not be part of the public law process.AP 4pm est
The Supreme Court on Friday got involved for the second time this week in a case in which opponents of gay rights fear they will be harassed if their views are made public.
The high court will consider whether Washington state officials can release more than 138,500 names on a petition seeking a vote on overturning the state's domestic partnership rights.
Protect Marriage Washington, which unsuccessfully opposed the law giving gay couples expanded rights, wants to shield from disclosure the signers of the petition for a referendum on that law. The group says it fears harassment by gay rights supporters, some of whom have vowed to post signers' names on the Internet.