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Originally published Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 2:56 PM

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Wash. gay partnership foes can't shield donor IDs

The state Public Disclosure Commission says opponents of expanded domestic partnerships can't keep their political donors' names secret.

Associated Press Writer

OLYMPIA, Wash. —

The state Public Disclosure Commission says opponents of expanded domestic partnerships can't keep their political donors' names secret.

Protect Marriage Washington made its request at a Public Disclosure Commission hearing Thursday afternoon. The group says it's received threats of violence against the property and supporters of a campaign to get Referendum 71 on the ballot.

But campaign finance regulators unanimously rejected the request, saying the group didn't show it would suffer an unreasonable hardship if the names were made public under state campaign finance laws.

An attorney for Protect Marriage Washington says it may appeal the decision in federal court.

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