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Brendan Eich

Mozilla CEO resignation: Free speech suppressed, or free market at work?

Friday, April 4, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The resignation of Mozilla's CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley's strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the region's foundation. [ Read more → ]

Another setback for NOM: Iowa ethics board to keep executive in investigation

Thursday, August 22, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board voted Wednesday not to remove its executive director from an investigation into whether the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) violated state law by not disclosing campaign donors. [ Read more → ]

FEC: Political donations by married, gay couples require equal treatment

Thursday, July 25, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday that the political contributions of married same-sex couples should be treated equally to the donations of married straight couples, acting after a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]

Target gives $50K to group supporting anti-gay Va. candidate Ken Cuccinelli

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Back in 2010, Target Corporation was forced to apologize when it came out that it had funded campaign ads on behalf of virulently anti-gay Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. The controversy hit the Minnesota-based company hard, in part because it vocally supports gay rights and has a reputation as a supportive workplace for LGBT people. [ Read more → ]

FEC rules against joint political donations from married, gay couples

Friday, April 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission said Thursday that married, same-sex couples cannot pool their money to donate to political campaigns as married, opposite-sex couples are able to do so. [ Read more → ]
NOM President Brian Brown

NOM argues in Maine that it doesn’t have to reveal donor list

Thursday, April 11, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine -- A lawyer for the leading national advocacy group opposing same-sex marriage told Maine's highest court Thursday that the First Amendment shields it from having to reveal its donor list to state officials. [ Read more → ]

Donors supporting marriage equality in 2012 dwarfed those who opposed It

Thursday, December 13, 2012
The number of contributors who gave in support of marriage for gay and lesbian couples was thirteen times greater – about 133,000 compared to an estimated 10,500 - than those giving financial resources to oppose marriage equality, according to an analysis by the Human Rights Campaign of donors to the four states with marriage equality on the ballot this year. [ Read more → ]
Joseph Tyson

Washington advises Catholic diocese that anti-gay marriage collection is illegal

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The state of Washington has advised the Catholic diocese in Yakima, Wash., that its plans to conduct a special collection to benefit the campaign to defeat the state's marriage equality law is illegal under the state's campaign finance laws. [ Read more → ]
Barack Obama

Obama met with ovations, donations since supporting marriage equality

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
President Obama has been greeted with thunderous ovations and thousands of dollars in LGBT contributions since his May 9 announcement that he supports allowing same-sex couples to marry. [ Read more → ]

California ethics panel to investigate National Organization for Marriage

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In a surprise move, the state of California’s ethics office announced Wednesday that it will investigate Fred Karger’s complaint against the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM). [ Read more → ]

Report: Chick-fil-A donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay causes in 2009

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
New IRS 990 forms reveal that fast-food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2009, reports Equality Matters. [ Read more → ]

Federal judge rules against backers of Prop 8 in campaign disclosure suit

Friday, October 21, 2011
A federal judge on Thursday ruled against two anti-gay groups who were both proponents of the Proposition 8 ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in California, saying they had failed to prove that they should be exempt from California's campaign disclosure laws. [ Read more → ]

Appeals court refuses to grant NOM rehearing in Maine campaign donor case

Thursday, September 8, 2011
A federal appeals court in Boston on Wednesday denied a request by attorneys for the National Organization for Marriage to hold a rehearing on the court's decision last month against the NOM. [ Read more → ]
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Anti-gay NOM still circumventing campaign finance laws for donor secrecy

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The nation’s leading anti-gay group, the National Organization for Marriage, opposes marriage and civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, and earlier this month, many of the leading Republican presidential candidates signed NOM’s pledge calling for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. NOM has... [ Read more → ]

NOM slapped down by the courts while its bus tour is flopping hard

Friday, August 12, 2011
The First Circuit Court of Appeals has again ruled against the National Organization for Marriage’s attempts to challenge the “constitutionality of a Rhode Island election law requiring the reporting of so-called ‘independent expenditures.’” [ Read more → ]

New Balance distances itself from Chairman’s donation to Romney’s anti-gay campaign

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Athletic footwear company New Balance, is distancing itself from news that its Chairman, James Davis, contributed $500,000 to Mitt Romney's campaign for President -- Romney is one of four GOP hopefuls that have signed the NOM's pledge to oppose marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg makes good on promise: Pro-gay marrige GOP Senators rewarded

Thursday, July 14, 2011
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has rewarded four Republican state senators who voted for the state's Marriage Equality Act with significant campaign contributions. [ Read more → ]

Target shareholders pepper CEO over donations to anti-gay politicians

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Target Corp. Chairman Gregg Steinhafel on Wednesday faced some unexpected questions at the company’s annual meeting from shareholders who wanted answers about the company’s funding of anti-gay politicians. [ Read more → ]

Lady Gaga cancels exclusive deal with Target over anti-gay donations

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Lady Gaga has canceled her exclusive deal with Target to carry the deluxe edition of her next release, "Born This Way," because of the retailer's controversial political donations to an anti-gay candidate. [ Read more → ]

Target revises policy on political donations, but little has changed

Saturday, February 19, 2011
Target has revised its policy on political contributions, following a furor that arose last year when it was revealed the retailer had donated money to a political action group that supported an anti-gay candidate for for Minnesota governor. [ Read more → ]
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Report: Target continued to fund anti-gay candidates even after CEO apology

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Earlier this year, Target Corporation came under fire from LGBT activist groups when it was revealed they had donated money to a political action group that supported Tom Emmer's bid for Minnesota governor, prompting an apology from Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel. Emmer, you might recall,... [ Read more → ]
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HRC pledges donation to offset Target support of anti-gay candidate

Saturday, September 11, 2010
The HRC pledged Friday to donate $150,000 to political causes in Minnesota to offset a donation by retail giant Target to MN Forward, a political group backing GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. [ Read more → ]

Target, Best Buy feel investor backlash over political donation

Friday, August 20, 2010
After weeks of public protest over its financial support of an organization that backed a GOP gubernatorial candidate opposed to gay rights, Target Corp. now faces a new form of pressure: shareholder demands that it revamp its donation process to avoid the chance of additional backfires. [ Read more → ]

‘Target’ political donation helps fund anti-gay candidate for Governor

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Target Corporation has come under fire from gay rights advocates and LGBT activists for contributing to Minnesota Forward, a political action group that has come out in support of anti-gay gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. [ Read more → ]
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