Oct 162009
 
 October 16, 2009  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.

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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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