Gary Randall and Larry Stickney’s Protect Marriage Washington (PMA), which appears to be succeeding in a signature drive to get Referendum 71 on the ballot (and give voters a chance to approve or repeal the state’s domestic partnership laws), says having to disclose the names of its financial supporters would subject them to threats of violence. Too bad!, says the state’s Public Disclosure Commission, which pointed the group to a little thing called campaign finance laws, which require the group to name names. Looks like WhoSigned.org has some publishing to do!
In the meantime, Washington’s marriage equality supporters aren’t standing by while PMA’s signature drive continues. Washington Families Standing Together (WAFST) yesterday sued Secretary of State Sam Reed in superior court to keep Referendum 71 off the November ballot. It’s not that WAFST doesn’t want to give voters a chance to up or down the law, you see, but rather it claims Reed’s office is approving invalid signatures from PMA: “We respect the referendum process and the public’s right to vote, but we have been increasingly concerned that, along with other issues our observers have noted with signatures being accepted that in the view of observers should have been rejected, the Secretary of State has accepted thousands of signatures that were not in compliance with State laws related to fraud in the signature-gathering process. Because of the limited number of signatures turned in, failure to enforce these laws could well lead to a measure being qualified for the ballot that should not be, and that measure has the potential to strip away important protections from thousands of families all across the state.”
Fighting the man with bureaucracy!