Federal magistrate urges disclosure of donors who supported campaign to end freedom to marry
May 28, 2010
As reported by The Associated Press and posted on firstamendmentcenter.org:
"A federal magistrate judge has recommended that state officials be given information about donors who helped finance a successful campaign to repeal Maine's marriage equality law.
"U.S. Magistrate Judge John Rich III said in the ruling dated May 23 that the National Organization for Marriage, which contributed $1.9 million to the repeal campaign, should give documents relating to donors and fundraising dating back to Jan. 1, 2009, to the state attorney general's office.
... "In his ruling National Organization for Marriage v. McKee, Rich rejected the National Organization for Marriage's claim that disclosure of donor names would leave them open to harassment by those who oppose their one man-one woman point of view on marriage. He also rejected the group's claim that disclosure of donors' names would have a chilling effect on their First Amendment rights to express their views.
... "A separate case before Maine Superior Court will determine whether the National Organization for Marriage should have filed with the ethics commission as a ballot question committee, which would have required the disclosure of donors' names."
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