Stock Photo Shop Unhappy with Washington's Anti-Gay Activists, Plus, Referendum 71 Signer Names Now Online
The 'happy young family' in the screengrab above was purchased at iStockphoto.com. Ameridesign, the Austrian company which took the photo, isn't pleased about its use, SeattlePI reports:
When Ameridesign found out what their work was being used for they wrote in an email, “Ameridesign was disappointed to learn our photograph is being used in an effort to take away civil marriage for same-sex couples in Washington by the organization ‘Preserve Marriage Washington.’ The organization purchased our photo from a large database of stock images without any contact with us,” They wrote, “Ameridesign supports the rights of loving and committed same-sex couples to marry.”
In related news, the signers of Referendum 71 are now searchable, Slog reports:
After years in federal courts and months of transcription, WhoSigned.Org went live this afternoon with a searchable database that includes the names and addresses of people who signed Referendum 71 in 2009. The referendum petition, circulated by anti-gay activists with the group Protect Marriage Washington, was an attempt to overturn Washington State's domestic partnership law that granted same-sex couples the same state rights as marriage.
Here's the database.