AUGUSTA, ME, August 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has reluctantly released its donor list, revealing major donors who dared to defend natural marriage.
NOM went to court three times to shield its confidential list of donors to Stand for Marriage Maine, a political action committee that sought to overturn a Maine gay “marriage” law. But the state Supreme Court ruled that NOM had to disclose their donor list.
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NOM argued in court that revealing the identities of donors would discourage free speech and make donors less likely to contribute in the future.
NOM president Brian Brown pointed out other, liberal organizations the Maine Ethics Commission had not forced to disclose donors, and he accused the state of unfairly targeting NOM.
“This is a blatant injustice,” Brown said. “It goes against everything our political system should stand for. We were unfairly targeted because of our beliefs.”
NOM has already been hit with the largest fine on record in Maine, over fifty thousand dollars, because the group didn't file campaign finance reports, though NOM argued that the money it raised wasn't specifically earmarked for the Maine referendum.
Though NOM was successful in overturning Maine's gay marriage law, by 2012, the beliefs of voters had changed such that same-sex marriage was legalized in Maine in that year.
In June 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that all state bans on homosexual “marriage” are unconstitutional.