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Washington’s Anti-Gay Signatories Get to Hide

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Well ain’t that some shit: The people who want to strip Washington’s gays (and seniors) of domestic partnership rights get to hide behind their bigotry. Those who signed petitions to put Referendum 71 on the November ballot, giving voters a chance to repeal the legislature’s passage of “everything but marriage,” will have their identities hidden — for now, ruled a judge, who said he was “not persuaded that waiver of one’s fundamental right to anonymous political speech is a prerequisite for participation in Washington’s referendum process.” But here’s the thing: If you’re going to influence public policy, and contribute to the lawmaking process, then constituents should have a right to know your name. This isn’t so they can come by and toilet paper your house or harass you on the street; it’s so they can stop supporting your business and, if they live next door to you, opt not to pick up the mail while the neighborhood hater is out of town.