Judge rules: NOM-backed Protect Marriage Washington is not allowed to legislate in secret

By: Tuesday October 18, 2011 9:23 am

Over two years of litigation stemming from the 2009 Referendum 71 campaign to repeal Washington’s domestic partnership law came to an end Monday, and the good guys have won. Federal District Judge Benjamin Settle, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled in the case Doe v. Reed that Protect Marriage Washington (PMW), an affiliate of the [...]

Guest Post: Federal District Court to Rule on Release of Signatures in Doe v. Reed

By: Monday October 3, 2011 6:15 am

Guest post by: Anne Levinson, Chair, Washington Families Standing Together Today, the next chapter in a legal case that many thought was long since over will be argued in Federal District Court in Tacoma, Washington. The case, Doe v. Reed, stemmed from the 2009 Referendum 71 campaign in Washington State where a local group, Protect [...]

How many times does NOM want to lose in Washington?

By: Monday June 28, 2010 3:15 pm

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and their associates Protect Marriage Washington (PMW) have lost big-time in Washington state.  First they lost at the ballot box, now they’ve lost in the Supreme Court of the United States: In November, 2009 over 53% of the electorate voted to approve Referendum 71, making Washington the first state [...]

Protect Marriage Washington impugns WA Secretary of State on eve of SCOTUS hearing

By: Wednesday April 28, 2010 3:31 am

Shortly after 10 am Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Doe v. Reed case.  This is the case stemming from Referendum 71.  Religious conservatives led by Protect Marriage Washington were unsuccessful in using R-71 to repeal Washington’s domestic partnership law, and Washington became the first state in the nation where voters [...]

Conservatives and progressives unite to defend Open Government

By: Sunday April 25, 2010 11:52 pm

Few issues seem to transcend party politics these days, but efforts to protect open government and public records laws are solidly uniting interests across the political spectrum.  Case in point is Doe v. Reed, a case stemming from the failed efforts of anti-gay religious conservatives in Washington to repeal a comprehensive domestic partnership law via [...]

I, Citizen Legislator

By: Friday April 2, 2010 10:00 am

By the adoption of the initiative and referendum amendments the people of this state became a part of the legislative branch of the state government.  – Washington State Supreme Court Judge Mackintosh, State ex rel. Mullen v. Howell, concurring opinion I don’t have a seat in the state legislature, but as a voter in one [...]

Challenge to Washington’s Public Records Act to get hearing by USSC

By: Friday January 15, 2010 7:02 pm

The United States Supreme Court has decided to hear the case Doe v. Reed (09-559), which challenges the ability of Washington’s Secretary of State to release copies of referendum and initiative petitions to the public as public records.  The law being challenged is Washington’s Public Records Act, passed in 1972 with 72% of the vote [...]

Washington domestic partnership law passing but outcome still uncertain

By: Wednesday November 4, 2009 2:29 am

Results of the count of ballots received before election day are encouraging but too close to call.  So far Referendum 71 is passing 51.12% to 48.88%, meaning the domestic partnership law is safe for the moment.  Tomorrow late afternoon the state will release the count of ballots deposited into drop boxes today, and some recently [...]

Federal judge rebukes Reject 71 but can’t stop wave of Colorado cash

By: Wednesday October 28, 2009 10:00 am

Good news and bad news from Washington State.  The good news is that a federal judge in Tacoma denied the attempt of the local Focus on the Family affiliate Family Policy Institute of Washington (via its Family PAC) to gut Washington state’s campaign finance laws a week before the election.  From the Washington Families Standing [...]

New R-71 poll encouraging, but GOTV still vital

By: Monday October 26, 2009 10:17 pm

Update: Chef Thunder over at SLOG made this disquieting observation But remember this is the first all mail-in ballot it is hard to know who likely voters really are. Please everyone continue to talk to everyone about the importance of voting Approve on R-17 and getting that ballot in the mail.  Because we just really [...]

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