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trips to the register of deeds by politicians,
members of the clergy and other supporters.
"We can't go to our state legislature right
now because our legislators are very hostile to
LGBT rights," Beach-Ferrara said.
State courts are similarly unlikely to support
their aims, she said, adding, "We don't have
much recourse besides planned actions de-
signed to resist these laws."
Beach-Ferrara said the campaign has been in
the planning stages since long before the current
debate over a constitutional amendment, but
the debate provides a charged backdrop for the
"We Do" efforts. Last month, the General As-
sembly voted to put a question on the May pri-
mary ballot that would prohibit same-sex
marriage in the North Carolina Constitution,
which would make it the last such state in the
Southeast to adopt such a provision. Those on
both sides of the question are preparing for a
hard-fought campaign in the run-up to the vote.
Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the
North Carolina Values Coalition, supports the
referendum question and called the "We Do"
campaign "a strategic mistake" on the part of
those who support gay marriage.
Fitzgerald thinks the effort might help secure
the amendment's passage by convincing unde-
cided voters that the possibility of same-sex
marriage in North Carolina is real despite cur-
rent state law prohibiting it.
"I think it makes our case why we need an
amendment," she said. "When people see that,
they're going to be concerned and they're
going to take it as a sign of aggression on the
part of people who advocate for same-sex
Anti-gay group's campaign contributions questioned
Equality California accuses
opponents of gay history law of
hiding campaign donations
LISA LEFF i Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — California's largest gay
rights group on Monday, Oct. 3 accused the back-
ers of a ballot measure seeking to repeal a law re-
quiring gay history to be taught in public schools
of deliberately hiding the size and source of cam-
Two conservative groups behind the Stop
SB-48 campaign "may have engaged in an unlaw-
ful scheme" to violate campaign reporting rules,
Equality California Executive Director Roland Pa-
lencia said in a complaint filed with the state Fair
Political Practices Commission.
Palencia's group accuses Capitol Resource In-
stitute and Pacific Justice Institute, the organiza-
tions that have taken the lead on undoing the
first-of its kind law, of raising and spending
money to qualify
the repeal referen-
dum for the June
2012 ballot with-
out registering as
nia's strict cam-
laws, political en-
tities that receive
more than $1,000
are required to
register with the secretary of state, said Cary
Davidson, an election law lawyer on the Equality
"It is critical that backers of any initiative play
by the rules, so it is particularly important when
that initiative could have such a critical effect on
the lives of Californians," Palencia told reporters
during a conference call.
Capitol Resource Institute Executive Director
Karen England said her organization's work on
the repeal effort does not require it to register with
the secretary of state. She says a new campaign
committee, Stop SB-48, has been formed to report
fundraising activity, but it has not received any do-
nations of $5,000 or more that would trigger such
a mandatory filing.
England also said that while she has been heav-
ily involved in the campaign, it has been as a vol-
unteer. The official Stop SB-48 campaign is leasing
office space and equipment from her organization,
but for a fee and not as a donation, she said.
Pacific Justice Institute Brad Dacus similarly
ridiculed Equality California's-complaint as "a
ridiculous but desperate attempt to try to hinder
our efforts to get this on the ballot."
"Our attorneys have been very, very careful to
abide by all the requirements," Dacus said. "We
know election law. We've been around for 14
years, and we would never risk throwing that
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