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Maine Issues Record Fine to National Organization for Marriage for Election Law Abuses

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

NOM LogoAn ethics panel in Maine voted unanimously to fine the National Organization for Marriage for hiding its donors in the marriage equality fight of 2009.

Edge Boston reports:

Maine’s ethics panel on Wednesday fined a national anti-gay marriage group more than $50,000 and ordered it to file a campaign finance report that would reveal the donors behind the 2009 repeal of the state’s gay marriage law after finding that it violating Maine’s campaign finance laws. The panel ruled that the National Organization for Marriage failed to properly register as a ballot question committee and file campaign finance reports in the referendum that struck down same-sex marriage before it was legalized by voters in 2012. The decision could force the group to eventually disclose the names of its donors, which it has long sought to keep secret. But a lawyer for the National Organization for Marriage said it intends to appeal the decision in state court, and members of the Maine Ethics Commission said they expect litigation to continue for at least a year.

It’s a great step, but NOM has proven in the past that they never accept these decisions. In fact, they’re now throwing mud at HRC in Maine, hoping to muddy the waters in the case. And boy, do these guys know how to throw mud.

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Oregon Marriage Equality Case Considered by Justice Kennedy

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Anthony KennedyNational Organization for Marriage’s battle against Oregon Marriage Equality appeared to gain at least a little traction yesterday.

Towleroad.com reports:

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is fielding the request, wants more information from the parties involved before he makes a decision.

The Oregonian reports: Kennedy asked for briefs to be filed by 1 p.m. Monday from the parties in the two lawsuits that led to U.S. District Judge Michael McShane’s May 19 ruling that allowed gays and lesbians to marry in Oregon. Kennedy, who hears emergency appeals from the region that includes Oregon, could issue a ruling on NOM’s motion on its own or pass the issue on to the full court. At a minimum, Kennedy’s action means that he wants more information on the case before he makes a decision. But it’s hard to know whether NOM has a strong shot for its argument that the Supreme Court should get involved in the Oregon case because of its unusual nature.

I’m surprised Kennedy didn’t just throw the request out at first glance. Do you think he’s taking it seriously? BTW, NOM apparently left out the whole part about Judge McShane finding they had no standing when they filed their request with the Supreme Court.

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NOM Tries a Hail Mary Pass in Oregon Marriage Equality Case

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

NOM LogoThose poor, deluded folks at the National Organization for Marriage – they think they still have a chance to turn back the tide of marriage equality.

Equality on Trial reports:

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has filed an application with the Ninth Circuit’s Circuit Justice, Anthony Kennedy, requesting “an immediate stay pending appeal of an order denying intervention and of the judgment and injunction entered by the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, invalidating and enjoining enforcement of Oregon’s marriage laws to the extent they limit marriage to man-woman unions.” The district court judge, Michael McShane, and the motions panel at the Ninth Circuit, had previously rejected their request for a stay.

There’s no appeal. There’s nothing to stay. When will they take their ball and just go home?

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NOM Thinks It Can Undo Pennsylvania Marriage Equality

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

NOM LogoOh, those sweet sad dummies at NOM are breaking our hearts. They really think they still have a shot at winning, the poor things. Even after losing pretty much every single fight since 2012, they’re still thumping their chests and making bold declarations like victory is right around the corner. Any day now.

The latest windmill-tilting comes in response to Pennsylvania marriage equality, now the law of the land. Period. It’s final. Not going away. But for some reason NOM has decided that they still have a chance to overturn the ruling and take marriage away.

Just in case you’re worried, let us reassure you: they won’t be successful. NOM can go ahead with their latest project, which they say is “evaluating whether it could intervene in this case on behalf of its Pennsylvania members.” But it won’t go anywhere.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at Queerty

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National Organization for Marriage May Try to Intervene in Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Case

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

NOM LogoComing off their failed attempt to intervene in the Oregon marriage equality case, NOM is thinking of trying to intervene in the Pennsylvania marriage equality case too.

On Top Magazine reports:

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) on Wednesday announced it was considering whether to intervene in a federal case challenging Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage. With Wednesday’s announcement that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett – who has said he’s personally opposed to marriage equality – would not pursue an appeal in the case, Pennsylvania became the 19th state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to allow gay couples to marry.

Will they be sent away again with their tail between their legs?

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Marriage News Watch: The Win in Oregon

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Oregon Marriage EqualityThe National Organization for Marriage screws up again in Oregon. Judges in Idaho and Arkansas rule that marriage bans violate the US Constitution.

Following another round of hearings, rulings are due any day now in Virginia and Pennsylvania.

And a new lawsuit in Alaska leaves just three states with an unchallenged marriage ban.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at Marriage News Watch

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National Organization for Marriage Runs to Appeals Court to Block Oregon Marriage Equality

Monday, May 19th, 2014

NOM LogoThe National Organization for Marriage isn’t done with Oregon, despite having its demand to be allowed to intervene thrown out last week by federal Judge Michael McShane.

The stealthy bastards have just filed a demand with the Ninth Circuit to stay the upcoming decision (due at noon). Oregon United for Marriage Tweeted:

BREAKING: NOM files an appeal w/ the 9th circuit & requests a stay. We’ll keep you updated w/ more info!

Not sure why they expect to be taken seriously here, as they HAVE NO STANDING in this case. It’s a hail mary pass.

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USA, Oregon: Judge Denies NOM Request to Intervene in Oregon Marriage Equality Case

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

An update in the Oregon marriage equality case – a federal judge has sent National Organization for Marriage packing.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the National Organization for Marriage cannot defend Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage after the state attorney general refused to do so, paving the way for a ruling on the ban that could come at any time. The NOM argued it should be allowed to intervene on behalf of its members in Oregon. It declined to identify members citing fears they’ll be harassed, but said they include a county clerk who issues wedding licenses; the owner of a wedding business; and a voter who cast a ballot in favor of the 2004 ballot measure that added a same-sex marriage ban to the state constitution.

So a decision in the case could come down at any time. What a week!

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USA, Oregon: Marriage Equality Hearing Thursday

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Oregon Gay MarriageThe next event in what’s turned into a blockbuster week for marriage equality and LGBT rights comes tomorrow.

Frontiers Magazine reports:

On Wednesday morning, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane will hear arguments from the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage on whether they should be granted legal standing to defend the state’s constitutional ban since Rosenblum has declined. Aside from NOM’s request to intervene, McShane will also hear arguments for a summary judgment, in lieu of a trial, as requested by the Oregon branch of the ACLU and others, according to Oregon Live. Both the plaintiffs and state officials believe the ban is unconstitutional, based on last year’s Supreme Court ruling in U.S. vs. Windsor.

And what about that pending ballot initiative?

The pro marriage-equality group Oregon United for Marriage, which has been preparing for a potential ballot initiative to overturn the constitutional ban by popular vote, has said they will act if the courts don’t overturn the ban by May 23. The group has collected over 160,000 signatures, more than enough to put the issue before voters in November, potentially making Oregon the first state to overturn a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage by popular vote.

So maybe tomorrow, or maybe next Wednesday, we could have marriage equality in Oregon. And if not,as of 5/23 the ballot initiative will proceed. By court hook or by ballot crook…

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USA, Oregon: Another Marriage Equality Lawsuit Hearing Wednesday

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Oregon Gay MarriageU.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane will hear arguments in NOM’s attempt to intervene to defend Oregon’s ban on marriage equality.

Joe.My.God reports:

On Wednesday, openly gay U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane will hear oral arguments on NOM’s motion to intervene in Oregon’s marriage case. This weekend NOM chairman John Eastman filed a brief in which he blasts Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum for “dereliction of duty” for her refusal to defend the state’s marriage ban. The NOM brief said that while Rosenblum made clear on Feb. 20 that she wouldn’t defend the law, it wasn’t until March 18 “that the full depth of her dereliction of duty became apparent.” That’s when Rosenblum said in a brief that McShane should apply a tough “heightened scrutiny” standard, used in cases involving fundamental rights, to passing judgment on Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban, NOM said.

Let’s hope he finds they have no standing in the case. Otherwise this could drag it out for months or years.

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