Alex Blaze

NOM loses challenge in Maine

Filed By Alex Blaze | May 26, 2010 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Maine, NOM, Question 1

I'm guessing NOM's defense - If we release the names of our donors, the gay mafia will hunt them down and send their heads to MSNBC where they'll be labeled homophobes - didn't actually work and they have to follow the law.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Rich III said in a document dated Sunday that the National Organization for Marriage, which contributed $1.9 million to the campaign to repeal Maine's gay marriage law, should turn over fundraising documents dating back to Jan. 1, 2009 to the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.

Not that they're likely to follow a judge's ruling if there isn't an immediate threat of jail time. NOM isn't known for their commitment to democracy or for actually listening to what activist judges have to say.

You see, they're on the right side of this battle, so they're above the law. Although it's interesting that that confidence is used as an excuse to stay in the closet.

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I have no doubt that they'll refuse to follow the order - and any subsequent fine the judge may issue - for as long as possible, to the point where they'll say, "But we're not even *in* Maine anymore! Why should we care what *you* think?"

They'll just run out the clock until the decision on the R71 case is decided by USSC.

NOM needs to be shut down, one way or the other, the Catholics and Mormons backing them need to have their tax exemption threatened to the point of having this hot mess spread on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

They could file an interlocutory appeal and ask for a stay of the order. That could take months or years.

Exactly. Nothing will happen here. NM will run off and raise alarms (and funds) by promoting its victimhood in this. That's about all that will really happen.

I wonder how long it will be before the public starts noticing this history of abuse?