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NOM loses appeal over releasing donor list in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine -- The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has lost its appeal of a lower court ruling that required the known anti-gay hate group to reveal its donor list in Maine.

NOM immediately vowed to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Tuesday, the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston upheld the lower court ruling that affirmed Maine's campaign disclosure law, which requires groups like NOM to release its donor list.

In defending its secrecy, NOM argued that releasing its donor list would violate free speech and cause the harassment and intimidation of its supporters.

NOM has poured untold amounts of money into fighting marriage equality in Maine and other states like California (Proposition 8), and the hate group reportedly spent almost $2 million in 2009 when Maine voters repealed the state's gay marriage law.

Marriage equality supporters including Fred Karger, the first openly gay Republican running for president in 2012, sued NOM to find out who was supporting the homophobic organization. They successfully argued in court that NOM violated Maine's campaign disclosure law and was avoiding transparency in not revealing their donor list.

Maine advocates of marriage equality on Monday turned in 105,000 signatures on a petition calling for a vote on gay marriage in the November presidential election. If enough signatures (57,277) are validated, the petition will be forwarded to the state legislature for approval on the ballot.