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Federal judge refuses to block names of gay marriage foes

January 29, 2009 |  2:29 pm

A federal judge today denied a request by supporters of Proposition 8 to withhold disclosing anymore names and addresses of donors who gave money to pass the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Yes on 8 campaign officials had challenged the constitutionality of the state’s Political Reform Act, saying that people who gave money were being harassed and some had even received death threats.

The act, passed in 1974, requires campaigns to reveal the name and employer of people who give more than $100 to campaigns. The law is intended to prevent money laundering and other illegal campaign activities.

But campaign supporters requested they be exempted from it arguing their supporters were being unmercifully harassed.

A judge disagreed, clearing the way for the donors who made contributions in the last two weeks before the election to be made public on Monday, the next filing date.

“This is a victory for the people of California and for campaign finance disclosure,” said Roman Porter, executive director for the California Fair Political Practices Commission. “We will vigorously defend public disclosure on behalf of the people of California on this and any other case.”

-- Jessica Garrison