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Prop. 8 Backers Challenge Disclosure Law

SACRAMENTO (CN) - Two anti-gay marriage groups sued California in Federal Court, claiming public disclosure requirements of Proposition 8 will subject them to "threats, harassment, and reprisals, similar to those already suffered by supporters of Proposition 8."

"Plaintiffs ProtectMarriage.com and NOM-California [National Organization for Marriage California] challenge the Act's compelled disclosure requirements, both facially and as applied, to the extent that the Act requires Plaintiffs to file reports after the election and to the extent that California continues to make said reports available to the public after the election, because post-election reporting with respect to ballot measures is not narrowly tailored to serve a compelling government interest in violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, as incorporated by the Fourteenth Amendment," the complaint states.

The groups want the disclosure requirements declared unconstitutional, and the state ordered to "Expunge all records of Reports filed by the Committee Plaintiffs and

Major Donors and all of their contents, together with all records of Committee Plaintiffs and Major Donors on California's campaign and reporting disclosure system."

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