U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle agreed to the temporary restraining order Wednesday, in a case that questions whether Washington's open-government laws could discourage free speech.
The case centers on Referendum 71, which would ask voters to approve or reject expanded partnership rights for gay couples.
The names of everyone who signed R-71 petitions are publicly available under state law, and a gay-rights group is planning to post all of the petition signers' names online.
But the R-71 campaign says that could lead to harassment. The state didn't oppose the restraining order, but it will defend the public records law in court.
Why can't these groups ever name a single instance of harassment because the signers and donors to anti-gay campaigns are made public (well, more conveniently available - they're already public). We all know that if there was even a half-an-instance where someone who donated was bothered in a way that could be called "intimidation" (that would require you to squint and turn your head sideways to see), it would become part of fundie lore, plastered over every one of their sites and included in every single press release and every single rally until they're calling for the death penalty for everyone who comes out to keep them safe.