US: Anti-gay group fined over $50,000 for breaking Maine campaign laws

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The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), national anti-gay marriage group, has been fined more than $50,000 (£30,000) for breaking Maine’s campaign finance laws.

The NOM was fined by the Maine Ethics Commission, which also ordered the group to file a campaign finance report.

In completing the report, NOM would reveal donors which supported a 2009 referendum which saw a majority of voters reverse the legislature’s same-sex marriage law before the measure came into force.

Lawyers acting on behalf of the organisation said it would file an appeal in Maine’s courts.

Political action committee Stand for Marriage Maine received almost $2 million (£1.2 million) from NOM.

Organisations are supposed to register as ballot question committees if they raise or spend over $5,000 (£3,000) to influence a state ballot question.

NOM says this was not necessary as none of the money was raised specifically for the cause.

Residents in the state back in 2012 voted 54% to 47% in support of marriage equality.

NOM is currently asking the Supreme Court to suspend a ruling in the state of Oregon which allowed gay and lesbian couples to wed.