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HRC: Top anti-gay marriage donor in Maryland is ‘active white supremacist’

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Human Rights Campaign on Thursday called on the Maryland Marriage Alliance to return a $10,000 donation by Michael Peroutka, an alleged active white supremacist and secessionist sympathizer who was one of the three largest individual donors to the campaign against marriage equality in Maryland.

HRC also called on the Maryland Catholic Conference, which played a leading role in founding the Maryland Marriage Alliance, to publicly denounce Peroutka’s donation. Peroutka is an active member of the League of the South, a neo-Confederate, secessionist organization labeled an “explicitly racist” hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Michael Peroutka

“This is just the latest evidence that no matter how equality opponents try and cloak their work, their efforts are often driven and funded by hate,” said HRC Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz. “As support for equality becomes increasingly mainstream and funding for our opposition dries up, anti-equality groups are increasingly forced to rely on the donations of a few extremist individuals and groups who often push hateful agendas.”

Filings made available by the Maryland Board of Elections indicate that Michael Peroutka donated $10,000 to MMA on October 31, 2012.

The Maryland Marriage Alliance was founded and funded by the Maryland Catholic Conference and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). The Roman Catholic Church, along with the Knights of Columbus, contributed almost $425,000 this year to defeat ballot Question 6, with NOM donating $1.2 million.

Peroutka was a featured speaker at the League of the South’s national conference this past July, as he was in 2004, 2008, and 2010.

According to the SPLC, the League of the South “believes the ‘godly’ nation it wants to form should be run by an ‘Anglo-Celtic’ (read: white) elite that would establish a Christian theocratic state and politically dominate blacks and other minorities.” The organization says that its relentless pursuit of white supremacy is “healthy and Biblical.”

League of the South President Michael Hill has written that white people possess a “God-ordained superiority” and that African Americans “have never created anything approximating a civilization.” Its Florida chapter chairman, Michael Tubbs, is, according to the SPLC, a convicted “Aryan” terrorist who amassed a stockpile of weapons and explosives along with a list of targets including businesses owned by Jews and blacks.

Peroutka appeared along with Hill and Tubbs in front of Confederate flags at the League of the South conference, said that he was grateful for the organization’s endorsement of his fringe 2004 presidential campaign and remarked that “If this be hate, let’s make the most of it.”

In 2004, he wrote on his blog that “I am proud to be a member of the League of the South. I look forward to receiving the support … from guys with Confederate flags in their trucks.”

He has also appeared on a white supremacist radio show called The Political Cesspool. The Montgomery Advertiser reported that one of the bedrock principles of the show Peroutka appeared on is the need to “grow the percentages of Whites in the world relative to other races.”

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37 more reader comments:

  1. Makes sense.

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:34am
  2. no surprise

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:36am
  3. Of course he is…

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:37am
  4. Well, what’s not new under the sun?

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:38am
  5. Figures

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:39am
  6. Wow! He seems to be a real charmer! I’m beginning to be sorry we don’t have tough sedition laws!

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:42am
  7. Shocking

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:47am
  8. hy am I not surprised?

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:52am
  9. Sick bastards.

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:59am
  10. Woooooooow…….

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 11:06am
  11. I thought that these kind of people/dinosaurs had died out at the start of the new Millennium? It’s shocking that there are organisations still promoting this idea of White Supremacy as being totally OK. I know the UK isn’t perfect either. Just reminds me how we should fight ignorance everyday.

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 11:14am
  12. No news there. They traded in the white hoods for ties and we are supposed to pretend they are going to represent the people..give me a break.

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 11:17am
  13. Wow! Just~ wow..

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 11:28am
  14. _-_ im disapointed

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 11:31am
  15. Not surprised at all.

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 11:44am
  16. Now there’s a big surprise!

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 11:55am
  17. Not surprising

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12:23pm
  18. I hope no one is surprised about this!

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12:25pm
  19. booooo… hissssss….

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12:51pm
  20. Of course! Dork.

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 1:05pm
  21. It all goes together under one label…. HATE

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 1:33pm
  22. Just another bigoted asshole.

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 1:40pm
  23. Not surprising!

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 2:04pm
  24. Surprise, surprise. NOT!

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 2:10pm
  25. People are so full of hate…..They will never know true peace and happiness because they are hell bent on making others suffer…

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 2:13pm
  26. These people are insane.

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 2:28pm
  27. That figures a bigot is a bigot.

    Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 1:47pm
  28. Never would of guessed…………

    Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 1:49pm
  29. Sadly, this news doesn’t surprise me in the least.

    Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 1:53pm
  30. Omg, surprise!

    Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 1:59pm
  31. Of course he is! But sadly, there are plenty of gay guys who are white racists too (I can’t speak for the women)

    Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 2:19pm
  32. Mmm… shocking.

    Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 2:21pm
  33. As if being anti-gay weren’t enough

    Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 2:27pm
  34. wow why am i not supirised

    Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 2:53pm
  35. Welp.

    Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 6:39pm
  36. yuck.

    Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 8:12pm
  37. barf

    Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 8:53pm