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Appeals judge stays Maine gay marriage order

May 28, 2010

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AUGUSTA, Maine—A federal appeals judge has blocked an order that Maine officials be given information about donors who helped finance a successful campaign to repeal Maine's gay marriage law.

Friday's U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals order remains in effect until a further order of the court.

A magistrate judge earlier this week recommended that the National Organization for Marriage turn over information about donors and fundraising to the Maine attorney general's office. NOM was a major donor to last fall's referendum campaign to repeal Maine's law legalizing gay marriage.

Just before the law was repealed by voters, the state ethics commission decided to investigate whether the National Organization for Marriage should have been required to submit names of its donors. NOM maintained that release of names would violate donors' First Amendment rights.

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