Thursday, May 30, 2013

Maine Supreme Court: NOM has to give up the name on its donor list

From the Boston Herald comes news that will make you dance the "good foot:"

Maine's supreme court on Thursday cleared the way for a state ethics commission to obtain the donor names of a national anti-gay marriage group that helped defeat a gay marriage law in 2009 before the practice was legalized by voters last year.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court rejected an appeal by the National Organization for Marriage, upholding subpoenas issued by the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices for donors to the organization. NOM, as it is known, has been fighting to keep its donor list confidential for 3½ years.

"It's very frustrating to be dealing with such a litigious group as this. You have to wonder what they're trying so desperately to protect," Attorney General Janet Mills said.

The national organization helped defeat the Maine law in 2009 through a referendum. Gay marriage was legalized in the state after a second referendum in 2012.

The U.S. Supreme Court already declined to hear a separate appeal challenging the constitutionality of the state's financial disclosure law, ending a separate challenge in federal court.

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Anonymous said...

Observing from outside the U.S. american politics looks crazy, unproductive and immobile. It is good to see the systems still can work despite the various forces.

Anonymous said...

It looks like that from inside the US too. :(