Iowa ethics board to investigate marriage group

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board will investigate whether a national group that opposes gay marriage violated state law.

The board voted Thursday to launch an inquiry into the National Organization for Marriage and its efforts to unseat Iowa Supreme Court justices.

The complaint was filed by Fred Karger, a Republican gay rights activist from California. He says the group should have revealed the donors toward its efforts in 2010 and 2012 to oust Iowa Supreme Court justices who were part of a ruling that legalized gay marriage in the state.

Joseph Vanderhulst, an attorney for the National Organization for Marriage, called the allegations “baseless.”

Board director Megan Tooker said that if wrongdoing is discovered the organization could have to pay a fine or reveal its donors.

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