Justice Kennedy Protects Anonymity of Washington Referendum Petition Signers
William C. Duncan
At SCOTUS Blog, Lyle Deniston notes an interesting development: This afternoon, Justice Anthony Kennedy issued an order temporarily restoring an injunction preventing the public disclosure of the names of people who signed a petition in favor of a referendum on Washington’s new quasi-marriage law. Attorneys for the signers have noted that petition signers have not had their names publicly disclosed in the past and that activist groups have announced their intention of putting names and contact information online to facilitate confrontations between the law’s supporters and those who asked for a referendum.
The trial court judge had said the identities of signers should be protected, and a panel of the Ninth Circuit disagreed, precipitating the appeal to Justice Kennedy.