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Doe v. Reed

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Open Government Laws

Court rejects claim by anti-gay groups that disclosure laws violate the First Amendment (Washington, D.C, June 24, 2010)—Today, in an 8-1 decision authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, the United States Supreme Court decisively rejected a First Amendment challenge to a Washington statute requiring public disclosure of the names of individuals who sign petitions to place referendums or initiatives on state ballots. The case arose when anti-gay groups sued to block disclosure of the names of...

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Supreme Court Hears Argument in Case in Which LGBTQ Legal Groupds Filed Brief Disputing False Claims of Harrassment and Defending Open Government Requirements

(Washington, DC, April 28, 2010) —Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Doe v Reed, in which anti-gay groups present the false claim that they have been subjected to “systematic intimidation” by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Anti-gay groups that placed a measure on the ballot to keep Washington State’s comprehensive domestic partnership law from going into effect are seeking to prevent the state of Washington from disclosing the names of voters who...

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Legal Groups File Brief Disputing False Claims of Harassment, Defending Open Government Requirements

(Washington, DC, April 1, 2010) —In a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court today, the nation’s leading LGBTQ legal organizations, Lambda Legal, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) – together with the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force – joined the State of Washington and others in defending open government laws requiring public disclosure of the names of voters who sign...

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Supreme Court Rules on Title VII! Give now & Celebrate!