Reasons for Pride: Setbacks for the Right Wing
BY Trudy Ring
June 30 2014 6:22 AM ET
And NOM keeps losing in court and elsewhere.
A federal judge ruled in May that NOM had no legal standing to intervene in the Oregon marriage equality case. It had sought to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage after the Oregon attorney general declined to do so. But NOM is a national organization with only about 100 members in Oregon, none of whom were willing to be named, so Judge Michael McShane ruled that the case was none of NOM’s business. Also, he struck down the ban, and Oregon joined the ranks of marriage equality states. NOM, not giving up easily, then asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages in Oregon, only to be turned down there as well.
Then in Maine, where NOM had been active in fighting marriage equality in a 2009 referendum, the state ethics commission imposed the biggest fine in its history, $50,250, on the organization for failing to register as a political action committee or disclose its donors. NOM is appealing, but we’ll see what happens.
In NOM’s case against the Internal Revenue Service regarding donor disclosure — the IRS was not supposed to reveal donor names, but it did — NOM did manage to get a settlement of $50,000 in actual damages, that is, the amount it had to spend to deal with the matter. A judge ruled, however, that the organization could not claim punitive damages, potentially a much larger sum.