Tag Archives: Alliance Defending Freedom

SPONSORED POST: 75 Organizations Join To Battle For LGBT Civil Rights As Supreme Court Hears Masterpiece

SPONSORED POST from Open To All: In the context of a nation rocked by racial discrimination at levels unseen in decades, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on December 5th in a case that could gut not only state nondiscrimination laws but also erode the Civil Rights Act—and turn back the clock to a time when businesses could tell ...

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Transcript Released From Masterpiece Oral Arguments

This morning the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop Vs Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case which has the potential to upend decades of public accommodation laws that offer business discrimination protections to numerous classes of American citizens. As noted in my earlier posts about today’s proceedings, all eyes will be on Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose questions ...

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WaPo: SCOTUS “Closely Divided” On Anti-Gay Baker

The Washington Post reports: The Supreme Court seemed closely divided Tuesday over whether the First Amendment protects a Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy likely to cast the deciding vote. Kennedy, during a nearly hour-and-a-half oral argument, gave both sides reason for hope and concern. He worried that ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Activists Speak Outside Supreme Court As Anti-Gay Colorado Baker Case Is About To Be Argued

The Washington Post reports: When is a wedding cake not just a cake, but a statement of profound religious beliefs? That’s the question being debated today at Supreme Court as it hears oral arguments about LGBT rights yet again. This fight is much different than the one settled two years ago in Obergefell v. Hodges, which declared that states cannot ...

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Rabbi Compares Gay Couples To “Space Aliens” At Hate Group’s Rally For Anti-LGBT Colorado Baker [VIDEO]

The Colorado Times reports: A conservative rabbi speaking at Wednesday’s Religious Freedom rally on behalf of baker Jack Phillips called same-sex couples “an abomination” and justified discrimination against them by comparing them to space aliens who “aren’t human beings.” The rabbi is with the Coalition For Jewish Values. Here’s a bit of the transcript from his speech:  Let’s imagine E.T. ...

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ARIZONA: Hate Group Loses Second Court Battle To Overturn Phoenix LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

The Arizona Republic reports: A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has quashed a local wedding shop’s attempt to override a Phoenix ordinance that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination. Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of Brush & Nib Studio and self-described evangelical Christians, create invitations and other handmade artwork for weddings and events. They filed a ...

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Hate Groups Launch Black Anti-LGBT Campaign

Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins: Baking cakes can be a dangerous line of work these days. It’s certainly no industry for cowards, as Edie and David Delorme, Aaron and Melissa Klein, Victoria Childress, and Jack Phillips will attest. In the last few years, their families have gone from selling confections to defending their convictions in court. ...

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Former Australian PM Tony Abbott To Again Keynote For Viciously Anti-LGBT US-Based Christian Hate Group

HuffPo Australia reports: Former Prime Minister and current backbencher Tony Abbott will once again address a controversial American Christian organisation which has been deemed a “hate group” and supports the criminalisation of homosexuality. The Australian Financial Review revealed on Thursday that Abbott, the member for Warringah, will travel to the United States later this month to deliver a speech to ...

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SCOTUS Sets Anti-Gay Baker Case For December 5th

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: The U.S. Supreme Court has set Dec. 5 as the day for oral arguments on whether a Colorado baker has a First Amendment right to refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples over religious objections. The high court announced Friday the case, known as Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, will be ...

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ROMANIA: US Christian Hate Groups Provide Help In Advance Of Referendum To Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Politico reports: Romania is gearing up to hold a referendum to amend the constitution to prohibit gay marriage, a move that civil rights groups warn could put the country on an “illiberal” path alongside the likes of Hungary and Poland. Romania’s civil code forbids same-sex marriage, and civil partnerships — whether between heterosexual or gay partners — are not legal. ...

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MINNESOTA: Federal Court Rejects Videographers’ Attempt To Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: A St. Cloud couple will not be able to refuse wedding videography services for same-sex couples after a federal judge on Wednesday dismissed their lawsuit challenging Minnesota’s human rights laws. In a 63-page ruling, Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim wrote that a provision of the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) prohibiting discrimination by businesses was ...

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House And Senate Republicans To File Supreme Court Amicus Brief In Support Of Anti-Gay Colorado Baker

The Hill reports: House and Senate Republicans are throwing their support behind the owner of a Colorado cake shop who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding in a case headed to the Supreme Court. GOP lawmakers announced plans Thursday to send an amicus brief on behalf of Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop. Phillips is challenging ...

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Alliance Defending Freedom: We’re Not Haters And It’s Fake News That We Back Criminalizing Homosexuality

From the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow: Alliance Defending Freedom invited Attorney General Jeff Sessions to a conference on religious freedom last week. In an apparent attempt to link President Trump’s attorney general to some scandal, ABC News – reporting on the AG’s participation in the conference – trotted out an accusation that ADF was an “anti-gay hate group.” ADF’s director ...

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Anti-LGBT Hate Group Lawyer Takes To Fox News To Whine About Being Called A Hate Group [VIDEO]

On Friday night Alliance Defending Freedom lawyer Kristen Waggoner appeared on Fox News to denounce ABC, NBC, and other outlets for correctly naming them as a hate group. As I’ve reported many times, the ADF openly advocates for criminalizing homosexuality and, of course, against virtually any LGBT civil rights. In fact, they even appeared before the Supreme Court in the ...

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Anti-Gay Washington Florist Appeals To SCOTUS

The Associated Press reports: A florist from Washington state is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision by the state’s high court which concluded she violated the law by refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. Lawyers for Barronelle Stutzman on Friday contended the state Supreme Court decision violated her First Amendment protection for artistic expression. Her ...

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SPLC Denounces AG Jeff Sessions For Speech To Hate Group: If They Had Their Way, Gays Would Be In Jail

Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a secret address to an infamous anti-LGBT hate group which advocates for criminalizing homosexuality. (And against many other civil rights for LGBT citizens.) The DOJ repeatedly declined to release the transcript of Sessions’ speech, which only appeared later in the week on a right wing site after a Freedom Of Information Act demand ...

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Hate Group Hates Being Called Hate Group

In their story about Jeff Sessions’ speech to the Alliance Defending Freedom, ABC News referred to them as an “alleged hate group.” And they are furious: ABC News has committed journalistic malpractice. For ABC News to essentially cut and paste false charges against Alliance Defending Freedom by a radically left-wing, violence-inciting organization like Southern Poverty Law Center is a discredit ...

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Sessions Releases Transcript Of Address To Hate Group, Promised Coming “Guidance” On Religious Liberty

Not long after Right Wing Watch announced that they had filed a Freedom Of Information Act demand for the transcript of Jeff Sessions’ speech to the extremist anti-LGBT group Alliance Defending Freedom, his full address appeared on the conservative site The Federalist. An excerpt: Since he was elected, President Trump has been an unwavering defender of religious liberty. He has ...

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Right Wing Watch Files FOIA Demand For Transcript Of Remarks AG Jeff Sessions Made To Hate Group

Miranda Blue reports at Right Wing Watch: On Tuesday night, Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a speech to a “Summit on Religious Liberty” hosted by Alliance Defending Freedom, the behemoth Religious Right group that has led the fight to redefine religious liberty protections in an effort to make it easier to discriminate against LGBTQ people and others. Sessions’ speech was ...

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Southern Poverty Law Center Demands Jeff Sessions Release Secret Remarks Made To Anti-LGBT Hate Group

From the SPLC: “How can we trust that the nation’s top law enforcement officer will protect all Americans when he’s willing to meet behind closed doors with a group that supports criminalizing homosexuality and marginalizing LGBT people around the world? The Alliance Defending Freedom has rightfully earned its designation as a hate group by demonizing LGBT people. “If Attorney General ...

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