Lawmakers throughout the U.S., argues a constitutional law expert, need to do more to protect people who donate to controversial causes.
That statement comes from Brad Dacus, founder of the Pacific Justice Institute, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case in which donors to California's Proposition 8 wanted to keep their names confidential. Those individuals sought anonymity because of many reports of harassment, job loss, and business boycotts against those who financially supported protecting traditional marriage in the California Constitution.
Dacus tells OneNewsNow it's "a real challenge for a democratic republic to continue" when supporters of controversial causes have to worry about reprisal from the other side.
"And for people to feel comfortable to be able to express themselves by supporting those causes and candidates that meet their will and their convictions," he adds. "This is a serious challenge to the integrity of a nation maintaining itself as a nation of the people – that is all the people, and not just those who are able to saber-rattle more than others."
Since the nation's highest court has refused to intervene and provide the protection, the attorney encourages lawmakers to take action.
"We need to live in a society where you can express yourself, you can support causes, [and] you can support candidates without having to worry about being stalked or threatened or losing your job in the process," he emphasizes.
Otherwise, Dacus contends, citizens will not have true freedom.