NOM ordered to disclose donors

A federal judge upheld Maine’s campaign finance laws in a lawsuit brought by the anti-gay marriage organization, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

The judge issued a summary judgment requiring NOM, and any other group that raises more than $5,000 to influence elections, to register with the state and disclose their financial donors. This ruling is being heralded as a victory for gay-rights organizations and activists.

NOM donated approximately $1.9 million to the Maine referendum on a bill legalizing gay marriage in 2009. Gay marriage was legalized by the state government, but was later repealed by a voter referendum. Gay-marriage opponents garnered 53 percent of the vote.  

It is not known whether NOM will appeal the federal judge’s ruling on the constitutionality of the state’s campaign finance laws.

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