Southern Poverty Law Center

Founded by civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. in 1971, The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. The SPLC is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups.

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Discredited Regnerus study demonizing gay parents continues its reign of error

Mark Regnerus
For the anti-gay movement, call it the gift that keeps on giving. The thoroughly discredited study by University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus that was released July 2012 has turned up yet again, this time in the initial brief ...

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Senate passage of ENDA an important step toward dignity, fairness

Despite the scare stories from those opposed to workplace fairness, ENDA does not create any special rights for anyone. It simply prohibits employers from using a worker’s sexual orientation or gender identity as the basis for hiring, firing, promotion, or ...

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Suspect ‘Science’ – Examining Regnerus’ controversial study of LGBT parents

An appointed scholarly reviewer says a controversial study of LGBT families by sociology professor Mark Regnerus was deeply flawed and that Regnerus has been “disgraced” as a result. ...

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SPLC co-founder reflects on Boy Scouts controversy

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it was deeply troubled with the July decision to rescind a national ban on gay Scout leaders and considering ending its association with the organization.
It is so disappointing that an organization that has meant so much to millions of boys and young men and that has espoused the values of honesty, integrity and character is so reluctant to end a policy antithetical to our ...

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Hate Watch: For the radical right, Obama victory brings fury and fear

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Hate groups in recent years have risen to more than 1,000, and the number of anti-government “Patriot” groups has shot up from just 149 in 2008 to 1,274, according to research by the Southern Poverty Law Center. For months now, ...

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Family Research Council’s attacks on the SPLC are ‘dishonest’

FRC President Tony Perkins
Do words have consequences? For years, we at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) have argued that they do. ... when the religious right spreads false and defamatory propaganda like the completely baseless notion that gay men molest children at ...

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National Organization for Marriage continues to spread lies about gays

About the worst thing said about gay men, an allegation that is regularly dragged out by certain religious-right organizations, is that they molest children at rates vastly higher than their heterosexual counterparts. It is as devastating a charge as one ...

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Calling all Black people: NOM wants to use you

Black folks, this is a message for you: The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the country’s preeminent group fighting against same-sex marriage, really, really likes you. They even want to make some of you famous! Have NOM’s principal leaders, former ...

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NARTH becomes main source for anti-gay ‘junk science’

NARTH has emerged as the preeminent source of what many regard as “junk science” for the religious right — psychology that underpins the anti-gay movement’s fervent opposition to equal rights and stigmatizes LGBT people as mentally sick. ...

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