John M. Becker

SCOTUS Spanks NOM on Donor Disclosure

Filed By John M. Becker | March 02, 2015 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: donor disclosure, gay marriage, marriage equality, National Organization for Marriage, NOM, Prop 8, Proposition 8, same-sex marriage, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

NOM-logo.jpgThe National Organization for Marriage Discrimination's years-long effort to hide the names of its donors was dealt another blow this morning, this time by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Associated Press has the story:

The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling against, the National Organization for Marriage and other supporters of a 2008 ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriages in California until the ban was overturned five years later.

The groups sought to conceal their past and future campaign finance records because they feared harassment of donors. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against them in part because the names have been publicly available for five years.

State law requires political committees to identify those who contribute more than $100 during or after a campaign, along with the donor's address, occupation and employer.

This is just the latest in a string of embarrassing, high-profile losses for the flailing NOM. Here's hoping the Supreme Court delivers another one in June by legalizing marriage equality nationwide!

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