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June 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Referendum 71

Expanding some legal rights while limiting others

Despite their hollow protests otherwise, the WhoSigned.org zealots who threaten to publish the names of voters who sign Referendum 71 are indeed attempting to intimidate voters [“Group wants to name names,” NWTuesday, June 2]. For a group that claims to support greater rights and freedoms for all, they hypocritically seek to destroy the rights of others –freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of religion.

Personally, I make it my practice to sign any initiative or referendum petition that I stumble across whether or not I intend to vote for it. This is because I believe in the power of the ballot box and the freedom that is demonstrated by the initiative or referendum process.

Signing the petition does not necessarily imply support, so why exactly are they “outing” signers? They admit to hoping the “outing” will cause personal shaming or shunning. Do they not see the irony? Their tactics are causing people who would never have signed to now make it a point to sign –not exactly the result intended.

One underlying premise of our Constitution is tolerating and accepting others whether or not you agree with them or even find them offensive. Homosexuals are not the least bit offensive to me, but the tactics of WhoSigned.org are. Greater rights for all? Nope, only people who agree with them.

Hmm … one group of people trying to limit the legal rights of others they disagree with. Kettle, kettle, you’re black!

— Jennifer Robertson, Bellevue

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