Court denies National Organization for Marriage’s request in Maine case

Posted Sept. 07, 2011, at 4:47 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A federal appeals court is denying a request for a new hearing in a public-disclosure case stemming from Maine’s 2009 same-sex marriage campaign.

The appeal came after a 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston a month ago rejected the National Organization for Marriage’s challenge to Maine’s political action committee laws and upheld Maine’s law requiring disclosure of independent expenditures in candidate elections.

In a decision Wednesday, the court denied NOM’s request for a rehearing.

NOM was the primary donor in 2009 to Stand for Marriage Maine, a political action committee that helped repeal Maine’s same-sex marriage law.

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Other legal issues between NOM and the state of Maine, including one dealing with disclosure of donors, remain unsettled.

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