Monday, November 22, 2010

R-71 Court Date Set

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A court date has been set for a decision on whether the names of those who signed R-71 petitions in 2009 should be released to the public.

The trial date is May 31, 2011.

A number of individuals and organizations, including homosexual activist organizations, still have pending requests to harvest the 138,000 names for their own purposes, including contacting those who signed the petitions.

U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle has ruled that the names will remain sealed until the court hearing in May.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Richard Hicks lifted his ban on release of initiative and referendum petition names, including several Tim Eyman initiatives, however, R-71 is not included and will remain sealed.

You may recall when the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Attorney General Rob McKenna and Secretary of State Sam Reed, the Court also indicated a possibility of narrower challenges regarding the release of specific measures such as R-71.

We contend that people should have the right to engage in the political process without fear of reprisal from organizations and individuals who hold different beliefs.

A/G McKenna and Secretary Reed are showing no restraint in their attempt to release the names.

My recent 4-hour deposition gave me a very clear understanding of where these two public servants are coming from. From my personal experience, there is much more at play than the obvious.

Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Blessed.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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  1. "We contend that people should have the right to engage in the political process without fear of reprisal from organizations and individuals who hold different beliefs."

    I don't think anyone disagrees with this sentiment. I believe the disagreement is over whether this "fear of reprisal" has any basis in reality, or is merely a PR tactic cooked up by yourself and Larry Stickney. As has been pointed out numerous times on this blog, death threats and threats of physical violence are illegal, yet there have been exactly zero prosecutions related to anti-R-71 activities.

    BTW: Your choice of words is very telling, "homosexual activists" wish to "harvest" the names from the petitions, names that you and Stickney have already admitted in court were "harvested" by you and sold for profit to other anti-gay groups for the purposes of contacting signers.


  2. Faith and Freedom Staff12:11 PM, November 22, 2010

    Note to 9:17
    The names of those who signed the petitions or any other names held by Faith and Freedom have never, ever been loaned, sold or otherwise used for anything other than our own Faith and Freedom communication.
    Faith and Freedom does not share any names or information with any other person or organizations. They are used solely for our own communications.

    Faith and Freedom Staff.

  3. In a way because of my anger at the sodomites agenda i would love to have them have my name and number. But I will let the Lord handle it.

  4. @ 12:11
    Way to call them on their lies! I'll be praying!


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