OLYMPIA - Opponents of the state's expanded domestic partnership law are going back to court to try to block the release of names of more than 138,000 people who wanted the law overturned.
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that generally, the release of petition signatures does not violate voters’ constitutional rights. However, the high court said Protect Marriage Washington could go back to the lower courts and try to prove that the release of their names would put them in danger.
In its ruling, the high court held open the possibility that the names could be withheld under certain circumstances.
Protect Marriage Washington wants U.S. District Court in Tacoma to continue blocking release of the names and addresses of people who signed Referendum 71 petitions. A hearing has not been set.
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Religious conservatives say publicizing the names could subject people to harassment and retaliation.