Meet ADF, The Christian Legal Group Fighting Against Same Sex Marriage

The Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund) is the chief villain in the case being determined by the Supreme Court to allow same sex marriage.  The ADF claims to be a “servant ministry building an alliance to keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel by transforming the legal system and advocating for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.  

What this translates to is the ADF is a contradictory, far to the Right, homophobic, misogynistic group that ignores the “separation of church and state” part of the 1st amendment by attempting to make their religious beliefs become law. 

Under the banner of defending religious freedom, the ADF uses the legal system to fight against same sex marriage, women’s reproductive rights and the American Civil Liberties Union. All of these are fabricated threats they use to milk Christians for donations to keep its staff paid. Their battles with the ACLU are ridiculously counterintuitive.

The ACLU was established in 1920 to ensure that civil rights apply to everyone. Included in those civil rights is religious freedom. The ACLU is a watchdog to make sure government stays out of religions and, just as importantly, that religions keep out of government. Take a look at the effect of Sharia law to understand the consequences of government sponsored religion and laws based on religious beliefs. 

So separation of church and state works both ways. Yes, it means no prayers or Christmas parties in school but it also means the government can’t ban a religion. And it means that religious beliefs can’t serve as the basis for laws to prevent a woman from making personal reproductive choices or preventing people of the same sex from getting married.

The ADF is an insidious organization that networks with around 300 groups and 2500 lawyers across the United States. Below are the 255 websites used to promote their agenda and raise money. 

According to Right Wing Watch:

Two issues common to each of ADF’s founders are their work against the right to abortion, and against the civil rights/liberties of gays and lesbians. They are particularly persistent in attacking attempts by homosexuals to have families, establish domestic partnerships or civil unions, or to be protected from discrimination in employment or housing. 

There are 255 Websites registered to ADF and/or Gary Russo, the IT director for ADF