Supreme Court Outs Gay Marriage Opponents
Posted on Jun 24, 2010
It seems obvious, but if you publicly sign a petition seeking to ban gay marriage, your name can be made public. The 138,000 Washington state cowards who thought they could meddle in the relationships of their gay neighbors from the comfort of anonymity got a reality check from the Supreme Court on Thursday.
Lawyers for the group argued that the signers’ constitutional right to political free-speech under the First Amendment trumped the state’s public records law.
[...] In the majority opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court ruled that disclosure of referendum petitions generally does not violate any free-speech rights.
It was an 8-1 decision, with Clarence “The Constitution Is Whatever I Feel Like” Thomas dissenting. —PZS
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