Doe v. Reed a Disappointment on Several Fronts
July 2 - The Supreme Court published Doe v Reed last week, at the very end of its 2009-2010 term, and the case was a major disappointment in many ways. At issue in the case was a challenge to the Public Records Act of the State of Washington that, according to the Washington Secretary of State, forced state officials to disclose publicly the contents of petitions for a referendum on the recently passed and signed State of Washington law. The law extends benefits to same-sex couples. The referendum demand, which gathered sufficient petition signatures, put the law to a popular vote. The people of Washington voted 53% to 47% to sustain the law.