For the second time, the United States Supreme Court has turned down an appeal by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), once again leaving a lower court judgement against the rabidly anti-equality group stand.
What's remarkable to me about this entire story is that NOM believed for a moment that they could prevail. Maine's campaign disclosure law would seem to be rather clear in this case. Perhaps this is a situation of simply believing that one's cause is so just that loss is impossible. Or perhaps NOM's legal team believed that the Court had enough ideological sympathy with their cause to overlook the details of the relevant law.
Unfortunately to my mind, this win for LGBT advocates doesn't mean that the public will get to see NOM's list of donors any time soon. There are yet still more legal challenges working their way through lower courts, and it won't be surprising to see them land on the Supreme Court docket in months or years to come.
The party line here in Maine is that while the Supreme Court ruling is great, actually seeing the list isn't a high priority. Mainers United For Marriage has publicly said that the issue isn't whose names are on the list, but that NOM be required to play by the same rules as everyone else. As a Maine resident I can appreciate Mainers United's position from a PR perspective, but personally, I couldn't disagree more. I want to see that list, and look forward to the day when it's finally made a matter of public record.
I'm going to have to wait a while for that, but you can have what you need to know right now: