Pending a Monday hearing by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Secretary of State's Office has stopped releasing Referendum 71 petition names to the public after a religious conservative group filed an emergency motion with the court.

The decision follows a Monday ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle that Protect Marriage Washington had failed to prove that the 137,500 signers of Referendum 71 petitions would be subject to harassment if their names were released.