The National Organization for Marriage
Discrimination's string of humiliating losses continued last night when a federal appeals court refused to grant them an exemption to California's campaign disclosure laws. The group sought the special treatment so they could force the state to hide the names of donors to Proposition 8.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports:
Sponsors of Proposition 8, the now-overturned initiative allowing only opposite-sex couples to marry in the state, complied with the disclosure law during the 2008 campaign and said some of their donors were targeted for threats and harassment. After unsuccessfully challenging the disclosure requirements, they sought to require the state to remove the names from its website and exempt them from the law in any future campaigns on related issues.
But the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the disclosure law has long been established as a constitutional measure to inform the public about campaign financing, and the current suit is pointless because the donors' names are publicly known.
The court declined to rule on NOM's request for exemptions from future ballot initiatives, saying that the question was "too speculative to address now," according to the Chronicle.
This is just the latest in a series of major losses for NOM, including the overturning of marriage bans in Idaho, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, a potentially record-setting fine for campaign ethics violations in Maine, and the smacking down of their frivolous last-ditch attempt to block a judge in Oregon from ruling in an equal marriage case.
But I'm sure Brian Brown will go right on pretending that the end of marriage equality is right around the corner. Keep dreaming, buddy.
h/t: Joe. My. God.