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SCOTUS hears case on Referendum-71

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The fight over privacy and the state's "everything but marriage law" goes before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Today state Attorney General Rob McKenna argued in front of the high court, asking it to release the names on a petition against gay rights.

The lawyer for "protect marriage Washington" told justices releasing the names would violate signers' right to anonymous free speech.

Some of the more than 800-thousand people who voted "no" in the petition fear releasing the names could lead to harassment.

McKenna says he's hopeful we'll soon see a ruling, at latest by the end of June.

A majority "yes" vote on R-71 upheld the Washington law giving same sex couples the same legal rights as heterosexual couples.