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  •  Oh, that makes it ok (0+ / 0-)

    Do you support requiring gays to sign a referendum in support of same-sex marriage to have their names and addresses disclosed, trusting that any retribution in the workplace, intimidation on the street, etc., will be fully handled "vigorously" by law enforcement?

    Funny how swift "progressives" are to abandon progressive principles in the interest of desired goals.

    Always make new mistakes - Esther Dyson

    by RandomActsOfReason on Fri Apr 30, 2010 at 12:16:29 AM PDT

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    •  Petition (1+ / 0-)
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      Flaming Liberal for Jesus

      If supporters of any measure want to petition to have that measure put to a referendum, then yes, their names and addresses should be disclosed.  Signing a petition is not the same as voting.  When you vote on an issue you can be assured that there are people voting differently than you and the entire voter registration has plenty of checks and balances to protect against fraud.  A petition, on the other hand, is designed to show that there is sufficient public support on an issue to merit putting it to a vote.  If the petitioners names aren't public, it's awfully hard to ensure that each signature represents a legitimate supporter of that issue.

      When you sign a petition you are signaling that you want to put something up to a public vote - that you want to have a public debate on the issue.

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