Supporters of the 2008 ballot measure that outlawed same-sex marriage in California lost their effort Thursday to block their past and future campaign finance records from public view because of alleged harassment of their donors.
A federal judge in Sacramento ruled against ProtectMarriage.com and the National Organization for Marriage in a nearly 3-year-old lawsuit, saying the groups failed to prove they should be exempt from state campaign disclosure laws, the Associated Press is reporting.
U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. ruled from the bench after a brief hearing and plans to issue a written opinion later, San Francisco Deputy City Atty. Mollie Lee said.
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Photo: An opponent of Proposition 8 demonstrates in San Francisco before a ruling last year. Credit: Wally Skalij, Los Angeles Times / August 4, 2010