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No Supreme Court Action on Prop 8, DOMA Cases; NOM’s Finance Disclosure Appeal Denied (Again)

Jim Burroway

October 1st, 2012

The orders page is out for today, with no mention of the Prop 8 case (Hollingsworth v. Perry) or the Defense of Marriage Act Challenge (Windsor v. US). Which means that the court has neither denied nor granted cert to review the cases. There is increasing speculation that the court may not take action on these cases until November when at least three more cases challenging DOMA will be available for review by the Justices.

There are two other LGBT related cases before the court. Diaz v. Brewer, challenging Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s attempt to withdraw domestic partner benefits from state employees. The court has taken no action on that case yet

But in National Organization for Marriage v. McKee, in which NOM is again trying to get the Supreme Court’s attention in its efforts to circumvent Maine’s finance disclosure laws, the supreme court denied NOM’s request for certiorari. The Supreme Court refused to hear an earlier similar challenge from NOM in February.

 

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Timothy Kincaid
October 1st, 2012 | LINK

Looks like NOM has to finally disclose that the Catholic Church whomever it is that is funding their anti-gay efforts.

Unless they think they can appeal to a higher authority. Maybe they’ll simply refuse to disclose based on the claim that the Pope told them they don’t have to. That would be fun to watch.

TampaZeke
October 1st, 2012 | LINK

So WHEN do they disclose their donors and what happens if they don’t, or procrastinate? What is the deadline. BEFORE the November election I hope.

Timothy Kincaid
October 1st, 2012 | LINK

Brown is still bluffing: “…NOM will never disclose the names of any donors against their wishes…”

Hyhybt
October 1st, 2012 | LINK

What happens if they don’t?

F Young
October 1st, 2012 | LINK

All four DOMA appeals before the Supreme Court (Gill, Golinski, Pedersen & Windsor) and the Proposition 8 appeal now appear at SCOTUSBlog (which is not official) as being “Petitions Not Set for Conference” at all:

http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/petitions-were-watching/

This is a change from earlier, where the Windsor and Proposition 8 cases were shown as being set for the Sept. 24 conference.

SCOTUSBlog also gives the conference lists for Oct 5 and 12, and none of those cases appear there.

This is consistent with speculation that all the marriage equality cases will be considered together at some yet unspecicified date, when all the cases are ready, which may well be after the election.

F Young
October 1st, 2012 | LINK

According to this article in the Washington Post, don’t expect NOM to disclose its donors anytime soon. They are using every stalling tactic in the book:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-wont-hear-appeal-from-anti-gay-marriage-group-over-maine-reporting-requirement/2012/10/01/580dfb9e-0bcf-11e2-97a7-45c05ef136b2_story.html

They seem to have a bottomless legal budget.

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