Tag Archives: Referendum 71

Supreme Court Saves Washington State From Becoming Police State

Now here’s some good news. I’m not going to linger on the issue, because I’ve certainly written enough about it before (on August 13, August 28, September 11, and October 15). Think back to last year’s election in Washington State when Referendum 71 was on the ballot, threatening the marriage-like domestic partnership law. Ultimately Ref. […]

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Will History Be Made or Will an Ugly Precedent Prevail?

No matter what happens today, November 3, 2009 will be an important day in the history of the queer equality movement. No matter what happens today, we will push harder for our equality, but it will be either because we have to or because we can. If Question 1 in Maine passes, it will be […]

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Hey Obama, The New York Times Would Be a Great Role Model For You Today

Remember when Obama gave a half-assed statement about the challenges to equality in Maine in Washington without actually even naming the states in question? It was two weeks ago and it wasn’t very encouraging. It’s worse when you factor in that since then the Department of Justice has actually defended DOMA from the Massachusetts lawsuit, […]

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Colbert Says Approve Referendum 71!

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 […]

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Sunshine Restored To Washington State (Ref. 71)

If you’ve been reading my blog over the past few months you saw me get pissed that the signatures for Washington’s Referendum 71, putting domestic partner benefits up for a vote, were not going to be released (“Anonymous People Don’t Get Free Speech (Ref. 71)“). Then, I delighted in hearing that the Washington State Public […]

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Right To Secretly Create Legal Discrimination Preserved (Ref. 71)

First, people got to hide. Then, they were reminded it was against the law. Now, apparently, a judge still isn’t so sure: A federal judge has continued to keep private the names and addresses of those who signed Referendum 71, saying they likely are protected under the First Amendment and that the state failed to […]

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Washington State Keeps Public Speech Public (Ref. 71)

About two weeks ago, I wrote about how signers of Washington state’s Referendum 71 (which would give voters the chance to repeal marriage-like benefits for same-sex domestic partners) were seeking to have their names held secret. I held that it was fundamentally wrong to hide the names of people trying to affect public change. It […]

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Anonymous People Don’t Get Free Speech (Ref. 71)

Alright, folks, I’m kind of pissed about some news I read this morning, because it goes against everything that I stand for. Here’s some background. In Washington state, all those (anti-gay) pro-marriage groups have been collecting signatures to support Referendum 71, which would repeal a new law that gives same-sex couples marriage-like benefits. Understand, we’re […]

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