Alliance Defending Freedom has expressed support for laws that basically make it illegal to be gay.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is a $50 million a year juggernaut pushing anti-LGBT policies in courts and legislatures across the country and the world. ADF has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for promoting known falsehoods that target and harm lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the United States and abroad. The following facts about ADF represent some—but not all—of their most egregious anti-LGBT actions and statements.


Alliance Defending Freedom has expressed support for criminalizing homosexuality.

ADF argued in court for the criminalization of homosexuality in a pair of briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas. They have also repeatedly supported anti-sodomy laws in numerous countries.


Alliance Defending Freedom defended state-enforced sterilization for transgender Europeans.

In the European Court of Human Rights, ADF opposed a court ruling overturning the requirement that transgender citizens must be sterilized when seeking to update names and genders on driver licenses.


Alliance Defending Freedom issued a statement of public support for Russia's “gay propaganda law” in 2013.

ADF stated, “The law clearly promotes a legitimate aim as defined and enumerated by Article 10 § 2 of the Convention: that of protecting the health and morals of others (in this case children). The protection of morals is deemed to be a legitimate aim, especially when children or minors are targeted by immoral speech.” The law has contributed to a climate of anti-LGBT extremism where violence against LGBT people is increasing. LGBT activists in Russia have been arrested, and gay men in Chechnya have been harassed and violently assaulted.


Alliance Defending Freedom provided detailed instructions for businesses on how to “legally” discriminate against LGBT people.

They suggest that business owners who want to discriminate should use religious freedom as an excuse by adding religious duties to even the most routine jobs, such as front desk clerk. Furthermore, ADF believes that for-profit businesses open to the public should have the same special religious exemptions as those granted to churches.


Alliance Defending Freedom published a handbook that equates LGBT people with those who commit incest and bestiality.

And they provided legal guidance to churches and schools on how to avoid getting sued for discrimination against LGBT people.


Alliance Defending Freedom has said that being LGBT is a choice and, in some cases, an illness.

In one media reference guide, they suggest that people aren’t “born gay” but are making a “sexual choice or preference” to engage in “homosexual behavior.” As for transgender people, experts hired by ADF argue in court that they are suffering from a “delusion.”


Anti-LGBT extremist Alan Sears was a founder and former CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom.

In his book, The Homosexual Agenda, he argued (p.167) that overturning laws that ban gay marriage and criminalize gay sex would lead to the legalization of pedophilia, incest, and bestiality. Sears has also said the so-called “homosexual agenda” puts “the well-being of millions of children…at risk, along with the rights of parents to protect their children from sexual exploitation” (p.73).


Alliance Defending Freedom has launched a nationwide campaign targeting transgender students.

ADF sent a letter and a model policy to thousands of school districts, telling them how to discriminate against transgender students and offering free legal defense upon reviewing the facts to districts that implemented ADF’s model policy. ADF also promoted a version of this policy as a model bill that places a bounty on transgender students, allowing their classmates to “recover" $2,000 or more from a school for each time they “encounter" a transgender student in the “wrong" facility.

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The Alliance Defending Freedom is waging a war against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people–advocating for laws that basically put gay people in jail, supporting the sterilization of transgender people, and spreading lies and misinformation.

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