Outing Political Opponents...

Oregays Playing Hardball

Oregonian gay activists are outing their homo-hating neighbors: fayeasjoan-tm-1.jpg

Know Thy Neighbor announced plans Tuesday to publicize the name of everyone who signs referendum petitions to overturn two gay-rights bills passed by the Legislature this year.

A coalition of conservative Christians is circulating petitions to put the two measures before voters in the November 2008 election. That would enable Oregon voters to decide whether to grant marriage-style rights to same-sex couples via domestic partnerships, and whether to ban discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people.

Know Thy Neighbor pledged to launch a new Web site that will list the petition signers’ names and addresses.

This obviously isn’t KTN’s first time in the rodeo…

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  • Matt

    Hooray for KTN for showing some political aggression — the GLBT “movement” (such as it is, in its own nonmonolithic way) could use some of that generally. Too often our straight friends and neighbors are content to hide behind assumptions of privacy when they sign things like this (I did petition signature checking in a successful Illinois effort to keep a “Save Marriage Amendment” off the ballot, and was surprised at the number of parents, relatives, and neighbors of gay friends who had happily signed on). Of course it’s their right to oppose gay equality, but it’s brilliant to call them on it publicly: Sure, go ahead and sign, but have the strength of character to do it knowing that everybody will know what a bigoted ass you really are! Stuff like this, as well as involuntary outings of rightwing gay politicians and their lackeys, is just what’s needed right now. When we play nice, and by the rules, we get whacked. Better to act like the Christians.

  • cjc

    This, of course, based on using open records laws, which vary from state to state.

    Wanna bet how soon the Christianists will be pushing for closing these sunshine laws once they’re outed as bigots and start whining that they’re persecuted?

  • Bill Perdue

    If you find your neighbors on the KTN list make a sign saying “Bigots Live Here”, put it on a stick, and poke the stick into their lawn. Persecute, persecute, persecute.

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