Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Nonprofits Help Oust Judges in Iowa

The NY Times reports that several nonprofit organizations led the campaign to remove three Iowa Supreme Court justices who participated in a unanimous ruling that permitted same-sex marriage in that state.  The named groups were the National Organization for Marriage, a section 501(c)(4) organization, and the American Family Association, a section 501(c)(3) organization, but the specific extent of the two groups's involvement and whether the AFA might have worked through a non-501(c)(3) affiliate is not clear from the article.  The article also notes the involvement of religious leaders in the campaign, but again the article is not clear regarding whether that involvement was solely by those leaders in their individual capacities or also involved the churches and ministries that they lead.  An earlier USA Today article reported, however, that at least one pastor intended to urge his congregation not to retain the three justices, apparently with full knowledge that by doing so he would be violating federal tax law.


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