If you’ve been reading my blog over the past few months, I’ve given a lot of attention to the issue of the release of the signatures for the Referendum 71 petition in Washington state (click here to see those posts). Last time I wrote, it was to celebrate the fact that a Federal Appeals Court had ruled in favor of sunshine. Unfortunately, since then, Justice Anthony Kennedy stayed the ruling so that the case can inevitably sit on the Supreme Court’s to-do list long past the vote next week.
I put off writing a tirade since there wasn’t much to say. Thankfully, Stephen Colbert has stepped in to dish out some thoughts of his own about the ridiculously offensive campaigns taking place in Washington. Here’s the clip from last night’s show:
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Colbert does an amazing job debunking the lie-ridden ads that Protect Marriage Washington has put out, but The Wørd hammers home the point about the signatures. Here’s an excerpt:
This case involves America’s most precious right: [To have a gun at Applebee’s?] the freedom of speech. Now sure, this petition affects legislation, is part of the public record, and the law says voters have the right to know who signed it [Rhyhmes With “schmormons”]. But, the lawyer for Protect Marriage Washington, James Bopp says:
The First Amendment protects citizens from government compelled disclosure of their identity when they are engaged in political speech. [October 20, 2009]
Exactly! Signing a petition is a sacred trust between you and a stranger at a folding table outside the mall.
Watch the full clip for a wonderful dose of Colbert snark.
Do what you can to support Referendum 71 by visiting the Approve Referendum 71 campaign’s website.