Anti-gay marriage group to sue the IRS


The National Organization for Marriage said this week it will sue the Internal Revenue Service over the alleged theft of a tax return, which NOM said was leaked to the Human Rights Campaign.

HRC and other LGBT civil rights group have been tracking NOM’s financial information for years. The anti-gay group, which positions itself as the leader of the campaign against marriage equality in the United States, has worked to keep details about its donations secret.

NOM, in a news release on the pending lawsuit, called HRC its “principal political opponent.”

A statement from Brian Brown of NOM, referring to the scandal over the IRS’ scrutinizing of applications from tea party groups for tax-exempt status, said, “Not only has the IRS retaliated against conservative, small-government and tea party groups as they apply for recognition of tax exemption and lied about it, but it has criminally released our confidential tax return including the identity of dozens of major donors to a political enemy.

“In addition to being our principal combatant in the war on traditional marriage, the HRC’s president at the time was serving as a co-chair of President (Barack) Obama’s reelection campaign. This is a chilling set of circumstances that should ring alarm bells across the nation.”

NOM said it retained ActRight Legal Foundation to file the lawsuit in U.S. district court in the District of Columbia.

Separately, the firm will file a lawsuit on behalf of another nonprofit, which claims it was subjected to inappropriate political activity in the review of its nonprofit application.

HRC has a website, NOM Exposed, that details the organization’s effort to hide details about its funders. The primary reason for the secrets, according to NOM Exposed, is that most of NOM’s money comes from a handful of sources, including affiliates of the Catholic Church.