NOM loses again in Maine

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"Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, said Thursday his group is disappointed in the ruling, but feels its arguments will hold sway with an appeals court. NOM will pursue an expedited appeal to the U.S. First Circuit Court in Boston, he said, because of the short time before the upcoming election season. Though Thursday's decision will delay NOM's plans for political activity in Maine, Brown said, the group is reviewing the decision to gauge a potential timeline for action. ...

"He declined to say whether NOM would be active in the state's governor's race, as well as the legislative races. Brown also expressed frustration at the legal hurdles spurred by what he called 'frivolous' lawsuits filed by their political opponents, one of which, Californians Against Hate, asked the Maine ethics commission to investigate NOM. That group, one of the primary advocates for preserving California's freetom to marry law that was repealed by voters there in 2009, questioned whether NOM raised more than $5,000 to directly repeal Maine's marriage equality law.

"It's important to be aware that this decision only deals with disclosure in connection with expenditures to advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  Since NOM claims not to have made such expenditures yet in Maine, they don't have to disclose under this decision.  (But if they do make candidate-related expenditures in the future, they will have to disclose.)  The dispute over spending on initiatives and referenda has been split off in the proceedings, and will be the subject of another decision in the future. ..."

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