Daniel Villarreal

Will Maine AG William Schneider Ever Prosecute NOM?

Filed By Daniel Villarreal | March 03, 2012 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: campaign finance law, Maine, National Organization for Marriage, William Schneider

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This week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the National Organization for Marriage's (NOM) case challenging the Maine law that requires political organizations to disclose their campaign financiers.

But seeing as NOM has successfully flouted similar laws in California and Iowa without any penalties, the Supreme Court's refusal may be meaningless... unless Maine's Attorney General William Schneider suddenly decides to grow a pair and actually prosecute them.

While NOM's pattern of secrecy will plague them as more courts observe their blatant disregard for the law and potential donors realize realize that NOM can't keep their anonymity forever, it's up to the attorney general of Maine to uphold his state's laws by punishing NOM's non-compliance.

But Maine Attorney General William Schneider is one of the 13 Republican state attorneys general who have threatened to sue President Barack Obama over his requirement that religious businesses' health insurance offer full contraception coverage.

As such, Schneider is towing the Catholic line about how "religious conscience" forbids religious, taxpayer-funded businesses from following laws that requiring them to protect women's reproductive rights and treat homosexuals like equals.

Seeing as NOM is a Catholic organization, it's unlikely that Schneider will pressure them to obey the law by his own volition.

However, it behooves LGBT media to begin a campaign highlighting Schneider's failure to enforce his state's popular campaign law. With increased media attention, his failure to prosecute would reflect poorly on his ability as an attorney general and also teach the public about the sort of organization that NOM really is--one that seeks to deny gay citizens their rights, state laws be damned.


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