The Oregon chapter of Know Thy Neighbor announced plans to publicize the name of everyone who signs referendum petitions to overturn two gay-rights bills passed by the Legislature this year.
A coalition of conservative Christians in Oregon is circulating petitions to put the two measures before voters in the November 2008 election. The petitioners want Oregon voters to decide whether to grant marriage equality to same-sex couples via domestic partnerships – and whether to ban discrimination against GLBT people.
Know Thy Neighbor has pledged to publish the petition signers’ names and addresses.
The Florida chapter of KTN recently posted names of 450,000 signers of The Florida Marriage Protection Amendment. The proposed Florida amendment would not only deny civil marriage rights to gays and lesbians, but also put civil unions and domestic partnerships in jeopardy.
KTN posted the names of approximately 140,000 marriage petitioners in Massachusetts in December 2005.
KnowThyNeighbor.org expects that gay citizens who find the names of friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers on the website will be triggered into a state of activism and seek out conversations with those who would take their rights away.
Columnist for The Conservative Voice, Marsha West, reminds us what we are fighting against.