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Prop. 8 Proponents Continue Battle to Try to Hide California Donors

Prop. 8 proponents continue to fight a losing battle over disclosure of campaign donors, one that at this point seems remarkably silly, according to the court, the SF Chronicle reports:

BoppAt a hearing Friday before the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, backers of the hotly contested and now-overturned ballot measure, Proposition 8, sought to keep confidential the names of contributors of $100 or more. But members of the three-judge panel quickly pointed out that the identities of Prop. 8's donors have already been released by court order.

"They've got all this information on the Internet. You want us to ignore it?" asked Judge Milan Smith.

"How can this court redress the grievance that you have?" asked Judge Sandra Ikuta.

By ordering the state to remove the names from its website and seal its files, and by granting an exemption for future elections, replied James Bopp (pictured), lawyer for Prop. 8's main sponsors, a conservative religious coalition called Protect Marriage. He said the organization expects to take part in additional "campaigns regarding protecting marriage."

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  1. Sleazy, pathetic cowards.

    The only good christian is one not breathing and preferably six feet under.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 14, 2013 11:33:05 AM

  2. We should make a monument with all of their names. Never forget.

    Posted by: Jay | Oct 14, 2013 11:34:22 AM

  3. They need to either have the courage of their convictions and show themselves or S TFU.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 14, 2013 11:47:07 AM

  4. lol.....rolling on the floor laughing.....these are some of the most spineless folks.....if they think their views are so right, why hide the 2 1/2 donors???????????????????????????

    Posted by: Bernie | Oct 14, 2013 11:48:38 AM

  5. You have to admire the judges for not laughing out loud. At least, I'm pretty sure they didn't.

    Posted by: Hunter | Oct 14, 2013 11:53:44 AM

  6. For the files

    Posted by: ChrisQ | Oct 14, 2013 12:03:07 PM

  7. Sorry haters, I know it's a VERY DIFFICULT CONCEPT for you to understand, but once something's on the internet, it's there FOREVER.


    Posted by: Mark Alexander | Oct 14, 2013 12:20:07 PM

  8. @ Mark Alexander - all right-wingers seem to have a problem with that concept.

    Posted by: Mike in the tundra | Oct 14, 2013 12:46:44 PM

  9. They're about to put another initiative on the ballot to repeal the recent legislation that protects transgender school kids. They've lost on the gays, so their next target is going to be children.

    Posted by: TomTallis | Oct 14, 2013 1:59:07 PM

  10. Voila!

    Posted by: Matt | Oct 14, 2013 2:02:34 PM

  11. He sure does look like a hateful old poop, eh?

    Posted by: johnny | Oct 14, 2013 2:22:41 PM

  12. Wow, just read on that a church from my area contributed. Did they break the law in doing so?

    Posted by: Evan | Oct 14, 2013 2:44:16 PM

  13. It's always amazing how "vocal" some opponents of marriage equality are until someone might judge them for their actions then mums the word.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Oct 14, 2013 4:36:00 PM

  14. Have these folks ever heard of the courage of ones convictions?

    Posted by: Endora | Oct 14, 2013 4:58:35 PM

  15. An example of the "harassment" prop-8 supports experienced might be the dentist of a person I know, who apparently didn't feel comfortable having some guy, who had tried to prevent him from getting married by donating to the Prop 8 campaign, poking around inside his mouth with sharp instruments. This dentist probably felt put out when he lost some patients.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 14, 2013 5:42:39 PM

  16. Central Casting? Yes! Get me a scowling middle-aged white guy with big glasses and his hair parted down the middle! I need someone to look like a paranoid disapproving jerk for a good part!

    Posted by: Dimitri | Oct 15, 2013 9:53:13 AM

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