On the first day of its new term, the Supreme Court has already dealt a blow to traditional marriage supporters.
The National Organization for Marriage wanted to stop the release of donors' names in Maine who contributed to the campaign to stop same-sex marriage in the state.
But Monday, the Supreme Court justices rejected an appeal filed by NOM and decided not to hear the case.
NOM argued that disclosing the names of donors would have a chilling effect on free speech as well as put the individuals in danger.
A law in Maine requires the release of the names of those who donate more than $5,000 to a campaign. NOM supporters gave $1.9 million to the cause to end the state's equality law.
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The Supreme Court also refused to hear an appeal from a Nebraska pro-life group. It was challenging a federal court ruling that blocked a state law requiring health screenings for women seeking abortions.
Despite not hearing those cases, the Supreme Court is expected to make major rulings this term on affirmative action, gay marriage, and voting rights.
The high court will rule later this term on other issues involving homosexuals, including California's ban on gay marriage, which a federal court ruled unconsitutional.
A ruling is also set to be made on the constitutionality of provisions in the Defense of Marriage Act that deny tax and health benefits to same-sex couples.
Other cases before the court include:
- Deciding whether Texas can use racial preference for college admissions.
- Challenges to the 1964 Voting Rights Act and the ability of states to pass laws.
- Whether U.S. courts can be used by foreign victims to sue for human rights violations.
The Supreme Court started the new term after a special church blessing Sunday. Seven of the nine justices attended the 60th annual Red Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington.
The service was offered to invoke God's guidance for the justices.
Archbishop Timothy Broglio warned the justices that not everything contemporary is good and that society needs its ancient foundations.
He also said that true faith extends beyond the walls of church and "must guide believers' words and decisions."