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June 11, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Same-sex marriage

Gay rights opposition deserves to be ‘outed’

I would like to thank The Times for publishing the very enlightening news story “Online tactics questioned in gay-rights campaign” [NWSunday, June 7]. This article is about taking advantage of the right to access public information and publishing the findings on the Internet.

And it’s specifically about using this right to “out” those who sign petitions against equal rights. “WhoSigned.org would make it easy to find out where someone lives and that makes some who might sign the petition worry their families, homes and businesses could be targeted. Others have said ‘outing’ them on a Web site could jeopardize job opportunities,” read The Times’ story.

As a card-carrying domestic partner, registered with the state of Washington, I found it interesting to learn of yet another cry of “unfair tactics” by the opposition to gay rights. The fact that the LGBT community is no longer willing to hide in the closet must be truly appalling. We are now free to use a medium (the Internet) to speak of our cause without being censored.

For the major part of my work life, everyone in the LGBT community lived under the threat that he or she could be “outed” in the workplace and be summarily fired, no questions asked, no excuse given. That has changed. In most states, the law protects everyone against that kind of discrimination.

So, if we have freedom for all, then the freedom to access public records and “out” those who want to put the LGBT community back in the closet, is part of that freedom.

— Robert Teichman, Tulalip

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