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WASHINGTON. - The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to publicly release the names of Washington voters who signed a referendum on gay rights.
     
The people who brought R-71 to the ballot in November, a group called Protect Marriage Washington, says releasing the names of supporters would open them to harassment by gay rights activists.
     
A federal judge in Tacoma first blocked the release of the 139,000 names. Then a federal appeals court said the names should be released. They've been withheld while the case goes to the Supreme Court.
     
In November's referendum Washington voters decided to uphold the so-called "everything but marriage" law that gives domestic partners the same legal rights as married couples.
     
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