A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held on Wednesday that the state of Montana went too far in requiring an East Helena church to publicly disclose its financial involvement in a 2004 initiative campaign to ban same-sex marriage in California. The panel found that the church's in-kind contributions were so small that forcing its leaders to file campaign disclosure forms amounted to an unfair abridgement of the assembly's First Amendment rights.
9th Circuit Backs Church on Disclosure of Donors to Campaign Against Gay Marriage
February 26, 2009