February 1, 2012
By Jacob Combs
The National Organization for Marriage likes to boast that it’s never lost a popular vote on marriage equality (a claim that could be debated), but there is certainly one realm in which it has a much worse record: court decisions. Yesterday, the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston handed NOM anther defeat, making their win-loss record even worse.
In August, the First Circuit upheld a Maine law requiring NOM to disclose its campaign expenses, writing that the law “neither erect[s] a barrier to political speech nor limit[s] its quantity.” Yesterday’s decision focused on a Maine campaign disclosure law requiring groups that raise and spend over $5,000 in an election to disclose their donors. As usual, NOM’s attorneys argued that the lists should be kept secret because anti-marriage equality donors could be put at risk of retaliation from marriage equality supporters. The court disagreed. NOM has promised to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court, which has already ruled against the organization in the 2009 Doe v. Reed case.
In related news, the documentary “Question 1,” which follows the referendum campaign against marriage equality in Maine in 2009, will have its West Coast premiere tonight in Sacramento at 6:30 pm. The film also focuses on “Yes on 1” spokesman Marc Mutty, who in interviews with the filmmakers admitted that the campaign lied to voters but has since argued his words were used out of context. The screening is sold out, but a wait-list will open at 6:00. You can watch the trailer for the documentary here.
Update: Thanks to Kathleen for brining us the full text of the opinion in Quick Hits. From Scribd:
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