ADF Still Wants Gay People in Prison

Like most Christian right groups, the Alliance Defending Freedom likes to pretend that they’re just worried about religious freedom and opposing same-sex marriage, but their authoritarian bigotry goes far deeper than that. Equality Matters provides the proof that they still want gay people to be in prison.

In 2003, when the Supreme Court was deciding whether to strike down state anti-sodomy laws in Lawrence v Texas, the ADF filed an amicus brief asking the court to uphold such laws. Their primary argument was that homosexuality spreads disease and therefore it’s a legitimate public health problem. As always, they conveniently ignore that lesbians have the lowest incidence of STDs of any group. But the focus is always on male anal sex. They’re absolutely obsessed with it.

In 2003, ADF president Alan Sears co-wrote a book titled The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing The Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today, which warned that eliminating anti-sodomy laws would lead to the overturning of “laws against pedophilia, sex between close relatives, polygamy, bestiality and all other distortions and violations of God’s plan.”

The Supreme Court disagreed, striking down state bans on gay sex in its Lawrence v. Texas decision. But over a decade later, ADF continues to argue that Lawrence was wrongly decided. In 2011, ADF senior counsel Kevin Theriot criticized then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for making the case that “the freedom to engage in homosexual behavior” is a “basic human right.” Theriot also wrote that “claiming a legal right to engage in homosexual behavior comes at the cost of religious freedom.”

Only if you think “religious freedom” includes the freedom to throw people in jail if they have sex in ways you think your god disapproves of. And like most of these groups, now that they’ve largely lost the ability to oppress gay people in America, they’ve turned their attention overseas:

But while ADF has largely run out of options for promoting the criminalization of homosexuality in America, the group has taken its anti-sodomy agenda overseas. ADF’s “Foreign Threats” page urges supporters to contribute to ADF’s international efforts to “help stop devastating rulings” against religious freedom like Lawrence, which ADF claims “fabricate[d] legal protection for homosexual sodomy” …

In December 2012, the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society hosted an international conference titled “Human Rights, International Law and the Family” in Kingston. The event was aimed at discussing how the fight for LGBT equality — including a legal challenge to the country’s anti-sodomy law — threatened “the traditional, natural family.” Jeffrey Ventrella and Piero Tozzi, two senior legal counsels for ADF at the time, spoke at the conference…

While at ADF, Tozzi repeatedly defended laws criminalizing gay sex. In 2012, he went before Congress to condemn the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child for opposing anti-sodomy laws. He criticized the Obama administration for opposing Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law, writing that the U.S. had “intervened in Jamaican domestic debates under the guise of combating ‘homophobia.’ ” And in 2008, he published an article warning that decisions like Lawrence had moved America toward “sodomizing … itself out of existence.”

ADF has also worked to help defend Belize’s Section 53, a law that criminalizes gay sex. As the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) reported in 2013, ADF attorneys offered legal assistance to Belize Action, a local group working to keep homosexuality criminalized…

In December 2011, India’s Supreme Court voted to restore the country’s colonial-era law banning “carnal intercourse against the order of nature.” The ruling reversed a 2009 decision by the Delhi High Court, which found the law unconstitutional. Under India’s criminalization statute, gay sex is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

In an interview with OneNewsNow, Alliance Defending Freedom Global executive director Benjamin Bull applauded the Supreme Court’s decision for not “giv[ing] in to a vocal minority of homosexual advocates.”

This has nothing to do with religious freedom, it has to do with them not recognizing gay people as human beings and working tirelessly to deny freedom to them.

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  • daved

    I’ve always thought that putting people in prison deprived them of freedom.

  • hunter

    This is the new strategy for Anti-Gay, Inc.: They’re losing at home (NOM’s fundraising fell by 50% in 2013, FRC and AFA have had to let staff go over the past couple of years), so they’ve been exporting the hate. You will find their dirty fingers in anti-gay laws from Russia to Uganda to the Caribbean, they’re working with the far-right dominated Manif pour Tous in France, they all sent representatives to the recent Vatican “Humanae” conference — any place they can get a toehold.

    Oh, and they’re all liars from the ground up.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Freedom doesn’t include the so-called “right” for people who are not me to do things I find icky.

  • John Pieret

    And in 2008, he published an article warning that decisions like Lawrence had moved America toward “sodomizing … itself out of existence.

    The only chance of America sodomizing itself out of existence is when way too many of it’s citizens insist on shoving their heads up their ass.

  • caseloweraz

    In 2003, when the Supreme Court was deciding whether to strike down state anti-sodomy laws in Lawrence v Texas, the ADF filed an amicus brief asking the court to uphold such laws. Their primary argument was that homosexuality spreads disease and therefore it’s a legitimate public health problem.

    This is true for some homosexual sex acts. It’s also true for some heterosexual sex acts. But the Alliance Defecating on Freedom evidently prefers to ignore the latter circumstance.

  • http://dontlinkmebro F [i’m not here, i’m gone]

    Their primary argument was that homosexuality spreads disease

    ORLY? What about things that actually spread disease, like antivax parents or those who refuse to treat their children or themselves on religious grounds? Go bark up a bigger tree, then maybe come back and encourage proper sex educations for everyone including Teh Ghey.

    “fabricate[d] legal protection for homosexual sodomy” …

    Aha! So, the non-gay sorts of sodomy are OK now? Did we realize we had been painting ourselves into a corner with that one? Particularly since we are the sort of people who promoted very broad definitions of sodomy (of course regularly interchangeable with a very narrow definition of sodomy, because logical fallacy propaganda reasons). Or were we just having one of those instances of partial specificity to use dogwhistle words?

    Also, what about the enfarcement problem? We tapping phones, or is there gonna be a penis-cam implant mandated by law? Or is that too much gubmint intrusion for our purposes. I’m soooo confuuuuused.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Daved: No no no. They want to be free to put gays in jail, and they’re not, so they’re defending freedom!

  • theguy

    I note these are the same people who whine that they can’t refuse service to gay customers. The asymmetry is astounding: they are free to discriminate against gays, but gays aren’t even free to exist, let alone to discriminate back.

  • busterggi

    So hetereosexual hookers are divinely disease free?

  • marcozandrini

    The only chance of America sodomizing itself out of existence is when way too many of it’s citizens insist on shoving their heads up their ass.

    See Texass!