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Judge orders release of petitioners’ names

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The 138,000 people who signed petitions to force a vote on a 2009 domestic partnership law are unlikely to face harassment if their names are disclosed …


Assisted suicide initative foes lose U.S. Supreme Court appeal

OLYMPIA – The U.S. Supreme Court answered once and for all Tuesday whether a conservative group can hide the names of donors to a campaign against an assisted suicide initiative. …


Judge: Public release of petition names would make case moot

TACOMA – A federal judge ruled Wednesday that signed petitions calling for a state vote on expanded domestic partnerships for gay couples are barred from public release while he hears …


Domestic partners petition names shielded for now

Signed petitions calling for a public vote on expanded domestic partnerships for gay couples will remain shielded from public view while a federal judge hears new arguments on whether to …


High court: Petitioners’ names can be released

Round One in the fight over names on initiative petitions goes to Washington state, and to other states such as Idaho that have similar laws.


Petition privacy case opens to skepticism

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court justices from the left and the right expressed skepticism Wednesday at a conservative religious group’s argument that Washington state should keep secret the names of 138,500 …


Court skeptical on keeping signers’ names private

Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical today about keeping secret the names of people who signed a petition to repeal Washington state’s gay rights law, suggesting citizens cannot always hide behind …


Idaho watching R-71 signature case

BOISE – Idaho has much at stake in Washington’s big U.S. Supreme Court case over whether referendum petition signatures should be public. “Our initiative and referendum statute is very similar …


Referendum 71 signature case pits privacy, disclosure

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a Washington state case in which religious conservatives fear retaliation from gay rights groups if the names of the …


U.S. high court to take up referendum signatures case

OLYMPIA – The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the names of Washington voters who sign a petition to put a law on the ballot can be made public. The …


Domestic partnership measure approved by voters

Washington voters have approved the state’s new “everything but marriage” law, expanding rights for domestic partners and marking the first time any state’s voters have approved a gay equality measure …


Bill of rights, I-1033 dead; R-71 ahead

Voters seemed wary Tuesday of ballot measures that would cost them money or mandate too much change. In Washington, they turned thumbs down to Initiative 1033, which would have imposed …


Jail sales tax, I-1033 fail; R-71 favored

Voters seemed wary Tuesday of ballot measures that would cost them money or mandate too much more change. Kootenai County voters shot down a pair of ballot measures that would …


Campaigners count down to Tuesday

Washington voters who have yet to turn in their ballots – and based on the latest figures, that’s most of us – have some interesting choices to make between now …


State, local issues drive Tuesday’s vote

Washington voters who have yet to turn in their ballots – and based on the latest figures, that’s most of us – have some interesting choices to make between now …


Gay-partnership foes challenge campaign laws

Opponents of stronger legal partnerships for gay couples must abide by Washington state’s campaign finance laws while a lawsuit challenging those laws’ constitutional footing moves ahead, a federal judge ruled …


Editorial: Petition signers help to create legislation

It looks as if the fate of Referendum 71 will be decided long before a final decision is made on whether to release the names of the more than 120,000 …


Group wants to hide donors in R-71 campaign

A political action committee opposed to Washington state’s expanded partnerships for gay couples has sued in federal court, arguing it should be exempt from the state’s campaign finance laws.


High court blocks release of R-71 names

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked Washington state officials from releasing the names of people who signed referendum petitions to bring expanded rights for gay couples up for …


Justice blocks release of R-71 petition names

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked Washington state officials from releasing the names of people who signed a ballot measure on gay rights. Kennedy’s ruling Monday …


Justice blocks names in gay rights ballot measure

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked Washington state officials from releasing the names of people who signed a ballot measure on gay rights.


Court OKs release of R-71 petitions

SEATTLE – Washington’s secretary of state can release the names and addresses of people who signed petitions calling for a public vote on the state’s expanded benefits for domestic partners, …


9th Circuit lifts ban on release of R-71 petitions

Washington’s secretary of state can release the names and addresses of people who signed petitions calling for a public vote on the state’s expanded benefits for domestic partners, a federal …


Appeals court to hear R-71 disclosure case

OLYMPIA — State lawyers will travel to California to argue that petitions for Referendum 71 should be made public.


Wash. to appeal judge’s decision on R-71 signers

The state attorney general said Friday he is appealing a federal judge’s decision to keep secret the names of people who signed petitions supporting Referendum 71, which calls for a …


R-71 supporter signatures remain shielded

OLYMPIA – A federal judge Thursday ordered the state of Washington to keep shielding the identities of people who signed petitions to force a vote on expanded benefits for gay …


Judge blocks release of petitions for R-71

OLYMPIA — A federal judge in Tacoma is shielding the identities of people who signed petitions to force a statewide vote on expanded benefits for gay couples.


Tacoma judge may release names of R-71 signers

A federal judge in Tacoma may decide today whether the public can see the names of people who signed Referendum 71. That’s the measure on the November ballot that could …


Partner benefits closer to vote

OLYMPIA – A judge on Tuesday refused to block a public vote on expanded domestic partnership benefits for gay couples in Washington state. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee …


Judge rejects R-71 lawsuit

SEATTLE – Secretary of State Sam Reed may have accepted tens of thousands of invalid signatures before he certified a November referendum on expanding domestic partnership benefits, a King County …