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June 19, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Gay rights

‘Outing’ petition signers interferes with democratic process

Your objection to Referendum 71 [“Gay rights, yes; intimidation, no,” Opinion, editorial, June 8] rests on the unavailability to petition signers of the 114 pages of copy in Senate Bill 5688 signed into law by Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Does it occur to you that, in the interest of public service, The Seattle Times could very easily publish these pages? Instead, you would force the citizens to rely on your brief summary of the bill.

I think you missed the main issue of this referendum process. There is an attack mounted by a certain gay and lesbian faction that promises to punish petition signers by “outing” them — making their names public. This is a direct attack on every citizen’s right to participate in the referendum process.

I intend to sign the petition just to preserve this fundamental right. I hope the petition will get the required 120,577 signatures despite the threat of “outing” and your editorial that it should fail.

— David F. Hamp, Mercer Island

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