Gay legal group pushing lawyers to disassociate from pro-family legal groups
July 25, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) -- The National LGBT Bar Association is attempting to organize a blacklist of sorts targeting legal nonprofits dedicated to protecting religious liberty and resisting the homosexual and transgender agendas.
On Tuesday, the group launched its “COMMIT to INCLUSION” campaign, which seeks to get attorneys across the United States to sign a commitment that they won’t assist or associate with socially-conservative legal groups in any way.
“We, the undersigned members of the legal community, wish to publicly object to the anti-LGBT legal groups which operate within the United States legal system, including groups operating as Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Liberty Counsel,” the statement read. “We commit to inclusion by ensuring that our personal pro bono and volunteer capacity and personal financial resources will not be used to support the work of ADF and Liberty Counsel.”
"For more than 25 years, groups like Alliance Defending Freedom and Liberty Counsel have overseen an army of litigators and waged a systematic, insidious, and well-funded crusade to strip protections from LGBT people," LGBT Bar Association executive director D'Arcy Kemnitz claimed in a press release. "With the recent Supreme Court decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, the announced retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, and more and more court victories for those seeking a license to discriminate, fair-minded attorneys committed to diversity must push back.
“When you help anti-LGBT legal groups -- even on matters not relating to LGBT issues -- you hurt LGBT people,” Kemnitz added, effectively condemning anyone who works alongside ADF or LC even to protect free speech, religious liberty, parental rights, or preborn life.
The National LGBT Bar Association also provides a fact sheet purporting to show ADF and LC’s nefarious activities.
But the list of court cases both groups participated in shows they simply worked to advance mainstream pro-family positions, such as defending states’ right to set their own marriage laws and private citizens’ rights not to participate in same-sex “weddings,” as well as representing biological mothers in custody disputes between them and former same-sex partners.
Nevertheless, the pro-homosexual group wants to stigmatize the groups with which it disagrees. “We want people to know what’s behind the name,” Kemnitz told Metro Weekly. “It’s up to a law firm’s discretion who they’ll give away their services to. And we ask that, should they get requests from groups like ADF and Liberty Counsel, to give it a pass.”
Both ADF and LC are at the forefront of resisting the LGBT agenda, from defending the First Amendment rights of religious business owners to defending parental rights from public schools attempting to teach controversial values to children. Their efforts have earned them innumerable accusations of being “hate groups” from left-wing organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).