Apr 252010
 April 25, 2010  Posted by  Court, Misc

This upcoming case has been discussed on this site before, but Janet I. Tu of the Seattle Times has a nice overview of the case for those who are not already familiar with the issues:

The U.S. Supreme Court this week will hear a Washington state case that could decide whether signing a petition for a ballot measure is a private, political act or whether the names of those signers can be made public.

The case stems from the contentious battles over Referendum 71, in which traditional-marriage supporters last year unsuccessfully sought to overturn an expanded state domestic-partnership law that grants “everything but marriage” benefits to gay and lesbian couples.

Those who backed the repeal effort are trying to shield the petitioners’ names from disclosure, saying they could be harassed if their identities are revealed.

Read more in the Seattle Times.

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