Oct 162009
 October 16, 2009  Posted by  Court, U.S.

Lornet Turnbull reports:

Protect Marriage Washington, which collected the signatures to get Referendum 71 on the November ballot, said it will appeal Thursday’s federal appeals-court ruling that cleared the way for public release of the names of those who signed petitions for the measure.

“That particular group of judges saw the law one way; we’ll take it to the next group of judges that may have the opportunity to see it the correct way,” said Stephen Pidgeon, attorney for the conservative religious organization.


Thursday’s ruling by a three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California reversed a previous decision by U.S. District Judge Ben Settle in Tacoma, who had blocked release of the petition signatures.

Gay-rights activists and others have promised to post the names and addresses of signers online for anyone to see.

Read more in The Seattle Times.

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