Gay Marriage Foes: ‘Til Disclosure Do Us Part?

From Mother Jones Magazine:

The National Organization for Marriage was on a roll—until it wedded its campaign to a multistate legal effort to keep its donors secret.

— By Stephanie Mencimer

Thu Jul. 1, 2010 3:00 AM PDT

When the National Organization for Marriage succeeded in banning gay marriage in California in 2008 through the ballot measure known as Proposition 8, it looked like the movement was on a roll. That same day, similar measures passed in Arizona and Florida. Anti-gay-marriage activists seized on these victories, bragging that they had delivered a crushing blow to nationwide efforts to legalize same-sex marriage.

Those activists don’t seem quite so smug these days. That’s because they’ve been on a losing streak: In the past month alone, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and its allies have suffered a series of significant legal setbacks, culminating with last week’s nearly unanimous Supreme Court ruling in a case arising from a Washington State ballot measure. Collectively, these defeats, in states from California to Maine, could make it much harder for these activists to wage war on gay marriage. For this, New Jersey-based NOM really has no one to blame but itself. That’s largely because in its quest to fend off gay marriage, it has engaged in a host of potentially illegal stealth campaign tactics and waged legal battles to shield its supporters from public exposure.

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