Is Alliance Defending Freedom a hate group? Just look at their work. - 2018-08-18
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and its conservative allies were thrilled earlier this month when Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed the legal organization and assured them that they are not a hate group, contrary to their designation as such by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The large body of evidence rests in favor of the SPLC though, and a survey of their current and recent cases clearly demonstrates how they are advancing an agenda of stigma and discrimination against LGBTQ people.
ADF was founded in the early 1990s to defend "religious liberty issues" and "fend-off" the ACLU's efforts to "immobilize Christians." Since then, the group has grown into one of the most powerful conservative organizations in the country, worth tens of millions of dollars. It has an army of "allied" attorneys across the country ready to take on cases and a massive PR network eager to highlight their work — including placing puff pieces in national newspapers.
When the SPLC designated ADF an anti-LGBTQ hate group, it published a thoroughly researched document outlining the many reasons it had earned that designation, notably including its support for criminalizing homosexuality in the U.S. and abroad. Last month, Media Matters released an even more comprehensive report cataloging ADF's history of extreme, demonizing rhetoric directed towards the LGBTQ community.