Washington State Vote on Domestic Partner Rights Creates Tension

The Olympian (Washington State)
October 23, 2009

The fate of Washington state's Referendum 71 has become a signficant political and personal issue for residents on both sides of the debate, particularly committed same-sex couples seeking legal protections and social conservatives who cite religious views as their basis to oppose the state's expanded domestic partnership law. [Link]

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Anti-Gay Group Wants to Hide Donors in Washington State R-71 Campaign

The Associated Press
October 22, 2009

An anti-gay political action committee called the Family PAC filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday, arguing that the group should be exempt from the state's campaign finance laws and not have to report the names of donors who contribute to their side of the Referendum 71 campaign. [Link]

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Homophobia Rampant in Latest E-mail From the Washington State Reject 71 Campaign

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 22, 2009

Joe Mirabella posts and comments on excerpts from an e-mail written by state Sen. Val Stevens for the anti-gay group Protect Marriage Washington urging recipients to reject Referendum 71. Stevens wrote, "Are the homosexuals finally going to take control of our culture and push their depraved lifestyle on our children and families?" [Link]

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Video: Latest ad from Washington Families Standing Together

Washington Families Standing Together
October 21, 2009

The latest ad from Washington Families Standing Together tells the story of Charlene Strong, who was prevented from seeing her dying partner in the hospital. She urges voters to approve Referendum 71. [Link]

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Justices Uphold Ban on Releasing Names on Washington State Petition

The New York Times
October 20, 2009
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday voted 8-1 to uphold an order that prevents Washington state from releasing the names of people who signed petitions for Referendum 71. The injunction against releasing the names will remain in place at least until parties involved file new motions. [Link]

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Justice Blocks Names in Washington State Ballot Measure

The Associated Press
October 19, 2009
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday temporarily blocked Wash. state officials from releasing the names of people who signed petitions for Referendum 71. Justice Kennedy said his order would remain in effect while he considers a request by the anti-gay group Protect Marriage Washington to reverse a federal appeals court ruling last week that ordered the release of the names. [Link]

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Two Men Lead the Push to Undo Expanded Domestic Partner Benefits in Washington State

The Seattle Times
October 14, 2009
Two political activists many Washingtonians had never heard of are scoring huge victories in a campaign to roll back domestic-partnership benefits, despite past problems that challenge their claim to the moral high ground. [Link]

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White House Says No to Antigay Referenda

October 16, 2009

The White House issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s position on anti-gay voter referenda in Maine and Washington.

“The President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same-sex couples, and as he said at the Human Rights Campaign dinner, he believes ‘strongly in stopping laws designed to take rights away.’ Also at the dinner, he said he supports, ‘ensuring that committed gay couples have the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple in this country.’" (Link)

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Ninth Circuit Reverses Decision on R-71 Signatures

The Stranger
October 15, 2009

The state has won a case to release the names and addresses of people who signed the petitions for Referendum 71, says Washington Attorney General's office spokeswoman Janelle Guthrie, but the signatures will not be immediately released. (Link)

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Domestic Partnership Foes, Backers in WA Await Ruling

Associated Press
October 14, 2009

Supporters and foes of domestic partnerships await a federal ruling from a three-judge panel on whether petitions for Washington states's Referendum 71 should be made public. (Link)

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