Washington R-71 donor names to be made public

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August 13, 2009


TACOMA, Washington: Yesterday, the Washington Public Disclosure Commission ruled that the names of donors to Protect Marriage Washington are a matter of public record. Protect Marriage Washington is the primary sponsor of Referendum 71. Referendum 71 is an attempt to overturn Washington's new "everything but marriage" domestic partnership law. Just last week Referendum 71 supporters requested an emergency hearing to seal the names after claims were made that some supporters had been threatened. The commission denied the request.[1]

In July the group filed a request for a temporary restraining order in order to not release the names. They argued that the disclosure of donors' names might put those signers at risk of harassment.[2] On July 29, 2009 a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order.[3]

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*Washington Referendum 71 (2009)