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UPDATE: Anti-Gay-Marriage Group Argues Case in Maine
04/11/2013 12:53 PM ET  

A lawyer for the National Organization for Marriage told Maine Supreme Court justices today that forcing it to reveal its donor list would violate the group's First Amendment rights.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A national anti-gay-marriage group says the First Amendment shields it from having to reveal its donor list to Maine officials.

A lawyer for the National Organization for Marriage told Maine Supreme Court justices Thursday that forcing names to be disclosed in connection with the state's 2009 referendum that overturned the state's same-sex marriage law would have a chilling effect on donors.

NOM is appealing a Superior Court judge's decision refusing to vacate subpoenas issued by the Maine Ethics Commission demanding the names of NOM's donors. NOM donated about $1.9 million to the anti-gay-marriage campaign.

The commission wants the donor list to determine if NOM should have registered and disclosed donors under state law.

Voters last year approved same-sex marriage in Maine.


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