In what’s become a fairly regular phenomenon, multiple judges last week delivered setbacks to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).
In one case, that setback came from the highest court in the land: The U.S. Supreme Court rejected NOM’s attempt to halt marriage equality in Oregon. This is the fourth of NOM’s failed attempts to exert influence in the Oregon case. Previous attempts resulted in judges finding that NOM lacked standing to intervene.
There’s still one issue to be resolved: NOM’s appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene. That’s likely to be rejected at some point in the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, another judge has rejected NOM’s claims that the IRS was part of a conspiracy or exhibited gross negligence in allowing some of NOM’s tax information to leak.
Despite NOM’s claims for years that the release of some of its donors’ names was intentional, the court found that NOM has absolutely no evidence to back up that claim. All that could be proven was that a single IRS employee simply forgot to redact some information.
And while NOM struggled to manage its own legal affairs last week, another state overturned a marriage-equality ban. Couples flocked to wed in Wisconsin over the weekend, but state Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen vowed to appeal the ruling. That puts the newly married couples in a nebulous legal state, and the continued issuance of further marriage licenses in question.