OLYMPIA — A Thurston County Superior Court judge will weigh arguments on whether to release the names of people who signed a referendum on expanded domestic partnership rights.
Judge Richard Hicks is having a hearing Tuesday on his order last week to temporarily block the release, which was issued before a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that said the names can be released.
The hearing comes a day after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy temporarily blocked Washington state officials from releasing the names while he considers a request by a group that wants the appeals court ruling reversed.
Referendum 71 asks voters whether to approve or reject the so-called “everything but marriage” law, which grants registered domestic partners the same legal rights as married heterosexuals.