Leader Of SPLC-Designated Hate Group Attended WH Amy Coney Barrett Event

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The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the Alliance Defending Freedom as an anti-LGBTQ+ hate group.

Michael Farris, CEO and general counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), attended the White House event last week announcing Judge Amy Coney Barrett as President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

  • ADF has been designated an anti-LGBTQ+ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), according to The Guardian.
  • ADF said Farris “has never met Amy Coney Barrett in any capacity.”

  • In 2017, it was revealed that Barrett had been a paid speaker for Blackstone Legal Fellowship, a training program for Christian law school students run by ADF. She was paid five times beginning in 2011.
  • Barrett claimed she initially was not aware that ADF ran the training program.
  • The SPLC says ADF is a “legal advocacy and training group that has supported the recriminalization of sexual acts between consenting LGBTQ adults in the US and criminalization abroad.”
  • The group also says ADF “has defended state-sanctioned sterilization of trans people abroad” and “claims that a ‘homosexual agenda’ will destroy Christianity and society.”

ADF reportedly received more than $55m in contributions in 2018 and claims to have more than 3,400 affiliated attorneys and judges worldwide, the Guardian has previously reported. It has brought some of the most consequential cases of the last decade on contraceptive and gay rights before the supreme court, including the case of a baker in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

  • ADF denies all of SPLC’s allegations, claiming its “limited engagement in these matters was based on our belief that marriage between one man and one woman is the best institution for human flourishing.”

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