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Anti-gay marriage group tells Congress that IRS leaked confidential tax information

BY KEVIN HALL AND DAVID LIGHTMAN, MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU

WASHINGTON -- A tax document listing donors to a group opposed to gay marriage was leaked illegally from within the Internal Revenue Service, a congressional committee was told Tuesday.

The group posting the document, the Human Rights Campaign, had close ties to the Obama administration – and camouflaged the document to hide its source, the panel heard.

The allegation came from John Eastman, a California law professor and chairman of the National Organization for Marriage. He was among several leaders of conservative groups who say they were unfairly targeted by the IRS for their beliefs and stonewalled when applying for tax-exempt status.

Testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, these groups chronicled how the IRS, which already has acknowledged some culpability, used inappropriate criteria to flag them and subject them to demands for information, apparently to slow down the applications.

Democrats apologized and acknowledged that the IRS appears to have overreached. But for the first time since committees began hearing testimony on the controversy last month, they also fought back, saying the agency must provide some level of scrutiny to applications for tax-exempt status.

Dozens of groups across the country have stepped forward to detail this sort of treatment.

Eastman’s group has tax-exempt status, but his testimony Tuesday added another dimension to the ongoing scandal.

Eastman said inside help was given to the nation’s largest gay-rights group, Human Rights Campaign, which posted on March 30, 2012, a copy of a previous National Organization for Marriage’s confidential Form 990 Schedule B, from 2008. The document included donor names and donation details provided to the Internal Revenue Service.

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same sex should not be rewarded it should be imprisonment.." Bacterial Meningitis Infections Accelerating at an alarming rate " And other STD unknown yet and more to come that will not have a cure. Would you put Americans at risk .You get 10 Medical Terminology Doctors that will state that gay sex will not harm the health of others and the HHS and I will keep my peace .this will add to our immigration problem from trafficking affect of marriage to given Terrorist a new sword and a Health issue. And a Weapon to the HealthCare of others .This is not the equality of People but the weakness in a few.
Will destroy the growth to our kids like they will not have enough to worry about . Might as well cancel all marriage and no more tax loopholes.
Change the way we occupy our Jails and prison system . How can anyone approve two guys adopting a baby girl? How sick does that sound?
Trafficking would be legal just about.. This is so stupid even to think about gay marriage. Are we really becoming barbarians to entitlements to such a law? Where does it end? pets? Where does it go? How far?
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