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Meet Alliance Defending Freedom, Fox’s Favorite Anti-LGBT Legal Organization [Equality Matters]

December 7, 2013

Know thine enemy.  This well funded organization shows up across the US and in other countries, initiating, leading and supporting challenges to LGBT rights.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is a Scottsdale, AZ-based legal group committed to rolling back the rights of women and LGBT people on the grounds of “religious liberty.” The organization has played a leading role in combatting marriage equality and non-discrimination policies in the U.S. while working internationally to criminalize homosexuality. Despite its rabid anti-LGBT extremism, ADF receives reliably friendly treatment from Fox News.

Established as the Alliance Defense Fund in 1994, ADF’s founders include such religious right leaders as Focus on the Family’s James C. Dobson and Campus Crusade for Christ’s Bill Bright. According to ADF’s website, the organization changed its name to Alliance Defending Freedom in 2012 to highlight its “enduring mission to gain justice for those whose faith has been unconstitutionally denied in the areas of religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.”

Headed by President, CEO, and General Counsel Alan Sears, staffed by more than 40 attorneys, and boasting an annual budget in excess of $30 million, ADF bills itself as “a servant ministry building an alliance to keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel by transforming the legal system.”  As part of its effort to remake the American legal system along quasi-theocratic lines, ADF has:

  • Partnered with more than 300 like-minded institutions, including the Federalist Society, the Home School Legal Defense Association, the rabidly anti-LGBT Pacific Justice Institute, the Thomas More Law Center, anti-gay hate group the Family Research Council, the Heritage Foundation, and the now-defunct “ex-gay” organization Exodus International….

4 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Josh  |  January 1, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Is Quick Hits broken? I don't see anything new since December 7th.

  • 2. sfbob  |  January 1, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Seems to be working okay; after all I saw your post there and several related to items posted just yesterday.

  • 3. Sagesse  |  January 1, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I believe Quick Hits has been 'discontinued'. It is still archived, but there is no sidebar, and I am no longer able to log in to post.

  • 4. Josh  |  January 5, 2014 at 8:17 am

    That's too bad. There was always interesting articles about GLBT related issues from various sources.