Federal judge released names on Washington domestic partnership petition

On October 17, 2011, the Office of the Secretary of State from the state of Washington released the names of over 100,000 people who signed a petition for a referendum opposing domestic partnerships. This arose from the case of Doe 1 v. Reed, in which the judge decided that the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate that there was a reasonable probability of threats to the signers of the petition. The judge cited the state's interest in disclosure under the Public Records Act as prevailing over the signers' wishes to remain anonymous in issuing the ruling.



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