Court favors disclosing anti-gay marriage donors

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Updated: 5/21 9:27 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court decision that rejected efforts by same-sex marriage opponents to keep the identities of their campaign donors secret.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday against ProtectMarriage.com, the National Organization for Marriage and other supporters of Proposition 8.

The 2008 ballot initiative outlawed same-sex marriages in California until the ban was overturned last year.

The groups sought to conceal their past and future campaign finance records because they feared harassment of donors. The court ruled against them in part because the names have been publicly available for five years.

But an attorney for the groups says that aspect of the ruling was encouraging. He noted that the panel did not reject the merits of the claim.

 

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