Some good news to report from Maine. The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has filed suit against the state to keep private the name of donors to "Yes on 1" campaign, which seeks to overturn the state's marriage equality law. A federal judge dismissed their challenge, reports the Portland Press Herald.
"Judge D. Brock Hornby ruled that Maine's reporting requirements for ballot question campaigns do not violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as claimed in a lawsuit filed last week by the National Organization for Marriage. Bolstered by the ruling, Maine's attorney general challenged the advocacy group Wednesday night to make its records public before next week's vote on Question 1. 'We are not going to give them legal advice. We trust that their legal counsel will advise them to comply fully,' said Attorney General Janet Mills. 'The court has ruled that it is in the public interest to do so, and the law couldn't be clearer.' ... 'I would hope that they would file before the election," Mills said. "Why not? What is there to hide?' "
NOM, headed by Maggie Gallagher seen above, has contributed about $1.6 million to Stand for Marriage Maine, which is leading the fight to repeal the same-sex marriage law. That's more than half the total raised for the campaign so far, authorities say. State law requires any individual or group that raises or spends more than $5,000 to influence a ballot question vote to disclose contributors who gave more than $100 for that purpose.
Anti-gay social conservatives have no problem going to court when they need "activist" judges to overturn laws they don't like. When our side does it ... not so much.