Judge Declares NOM Not Above The Law

Jim Burroway

October 28th, 2009

A federal judge has denied a request by the National Organization for Marriage for a temporary restraining order to suspend Maine’s campaign reporting requirements for ballot initiatives. NOM is currently footing nearly two-thirds of the total bill for Stand for Marriage Maine’s effort to pass Question 1. NOM complained that because they were not a Maine-based group, that they should be exempt from what they consider to be overbearing regulations for Political Action Committees.  The court disagreed (PDF: 187KB/32 pages):

Maine\’s compelling interest in ensuring that the electorate knows who is financially supporting the views expressed on a particular ballot question cannot be satisfied by one-time reporting. Instead, Maine is entitled to conclude that its electorate needs to know, on an ongoing basis, the source of financial support for those who are taking positions on a ballot initiative. It will not do to say that a one-time disclosure in the week before the election is sufficient. That would not give the opposing viewpoint the opportunity to point out the source of the financing and seek to persuade the electorate that the source of support discounts the message.

This means that the Ethics Commission investigation will go forward, although the results will not likely be available before election day.

Regan DuCasse

October 28th, 2009

Peter LaB made a big deal out of No on 1 being funded by well known gay supportive organizations. Which, can and does include people of faith.

However, NOM and AFTAH are funded nearly exclusively by well known religious entities.
Which is blatant politicking for the purpose of drastically altering the purpose of the state and federal Constitutions. And they are engaging the government to do the discriminating for them.

They cannot point to any direct or indirect affect by marriage or any other gay equality that is or will be negative.

However, the opposite is certainly true with the support they get against gay citizens.

Of course, they are not this politically effective nor wish to be against heterosexuals that meet their anti marriage complaint.

I think too, that their complaint that disclosure has resulted in harassment, death threats or anything of the sort should require EVIDENCE.

I firmly believe that gravitas and exaggeration have been engaged in this complaint.

Why don’t those ponying up the donations to their cause ask for evidence? Why do they think there is cred here with no inquiry into it?

Regan DuCasse

October 29th, 2009

Wait, NOM wanted an exemption because they aren’t Maine based?!???!

What chutzpah! Is there no bottom to where these people try to feed?

Joe in Caliofornia

October 29th, 2009

I think this should be put off until next election and give transparency a chance to uncover the facts and truths, and lies!
Please, look around. All other countries and states that have Equality Marriages have not gone down the tubes! Canada for instance! Canada has a strong economy, banks are not failing as they are here, health care for everyone, etc. Heterosexual marriages in Canada have not failed because of homosexual marriages! I see a lot more FREEDOM elsewhere than here in the US of A. We need to make things right for everyone, not just some!

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