New hotline for Wash. Referendum 71 supporters who encounter retaliationADF monitoring reports of retaliation against citizens whose personal information is posted on the Internet by referendum opponents
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
“No one should have to worry about their own personal safety because of the way he or she wants to vote,” said ADF Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb. “Washington voters shouldn’t have to choose between being involved in the democratic process and opening themselves up to possible acts of retaliation as a result of having their personal information posted on the Web. If that happens to anyone, we invite them to use the free hotline or Web page specifically set up for such reports. Public information should never be used as a means of political intimidation.”
There is no fee to call the hotline at 1-800-655-6592 or to register any report of retaliation through the website. Any legal services ADF provides are free of charge.
If Referendum 71 supporters gather a sufficient number of signatures by July 25, Washington voters would be able to approve or reject Senate Bill 5688, which states, “It is the intent of the legislature that for all purposes under state law, state registered domestic partners shall be treated the same as married spouses.”
Video: Retaliation against supporters of California's Proposition 8: