Maine gay marriage vote funds in question

Posted May 14, 2010, at 9:53 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Kennebec County Superior Court judge has heard arguments in a campaign financing case lingering from last fall’s referendum in which Maine voters repealed the state’s gay marriage law.

The Kennebec Journal in Augusta says Justice Donald Marden, who heard arguments in the case Thursday, has yet to set a timetable for his ruling.

At issue is whether the National Organization for Marriage, which contributed $1.9 million to the campaign to repeal the gay marriage law, should have filed as a ballot question committee.

A decision could determine whether the names of donors to NOM must be made public.

Marden said he has concerns about privacy protections for people who want to participate in the political process.

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