Liberty Counsel

Liberty Counsel is a non-profit public interest law firm and ministry that promotes “Christian religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, and the traditional family,” and is headed by attorney Mathew D. Staver. [ Wikipedia ]

Liberty Counsel devotes much of its time to fighting against same-sex marriage, civil unions, and adoption by LGBT parents. It opposes efforts to prohibit employment discrimination against LGBT workers, and opposes ‘the addition of “sexual orientation,” “gender identity” or similar provisions’ to hate crimes legislation. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists the Liberty Counsel as being one of twelve groups comprising an “anti-gay crusade.”

Archives | Mentions:

Page 1 of 212
hate-groups

Seven more groups now designated by SPLC as anti-gay hate groups

Monday, March 3, 2014
The Southern Poverty Law Center has added seven more anti-gay organizations to its list of anti-gay hate groups. No doubt the standard whine of these groups will be the same one offered up by the Family Research Council when SPLC named it as a hate group a while back, i.e. “we are being attacked because we don’t believe in gay marriage, we are trying to preserve Christian morality, we are being silenced.” That whine was a lie then and is still a lie... [ Read more → ]
freak-out

Religious right leaders rail against Virginia marriage equality ruling

Friday, February 14, 2014
A federal judge’s decision to strike down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriagehas unsurprisingly stoked the ire of conservatives. [ Read more → ]
California

Calif. conversion therapy ban put on hold pending Supreme Court review

Monday, February 3, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- California's ban on conversion therapy for minors, the controversial practice that aims to turn gay youths straight, will remain on hold while opponents of the ban ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn it. [ Read more → ]
Janet Mefferd

Meet Janet Mefferd, the go-to radio host for anti-LGBT hate mongers

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Janet Mefferd has become one of talk radio's most relentless purveyors of homophobia, using her eponymous program to provide a platform to fringe anti-LGBT activists and to spout her own bigoted, occasionally conspiracy-minded views. [ Read more → ]
Christopher Doyle

‘Ex-gay’ therapy advocates threaten Va. colleges over lack of resources

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- The "ex-gay" group, Voice of the Voiceless, is urging LGBTQ resource centers at universities in Virginia to provide ex-gay therapy and resources on changing sexual orientation. The group sent a letter to all Virginia state colleges late last month threatening legal action,... [ Read more → ]
SourceDemonstartors at an anti-gay protest in California.

The LGBT community desperately needs to confront anti-gay propaganda

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The LGBT community has deceived itself into thinking that if we just sidestep the lies and distortions and solely focus on “telling our stories” as ordinary people seeking fairness under the American system, our problems with those who oppose our right to equality will dissipate. It’s high time that the LGBT community realize that this belief is a false bill of goods that serves as a pitiful Band-Aid to a problem that requires more than stories designed to yank at the heart strings; indeed, such efforts make it look as if we are begging for “tolerance.” [ Read more → ]
LGBT-youth

Opponents promise legal challenges to new laws protecting LGBT youth

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Two recently approved measures creating protections for LGBT youth -- one expanding rights for transgender students in California public schools, and another prohibiting gay conversion therapy on minors in New Jersey -- have opponents promising to launch legal challenges to overturn the laws. [ Read more → ]
Steven-Crampton

Liberty Counsel: ‘The life of the average homosexual is controlled by lust’

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
A few weeks ago, an anti-gay activist was attacked while protesting a gay pride festival in Seattle by a straight man with a long criminal record and Matt Barber and Steve Crampton are not the least bit surprised because, well, what else can you expect from those who have been given over to a “reprobate mind.” [ Read more → ]
Gage SkidmoreMathew Staver

Dozens of anti-gay activists vow to resist any pro-equality Supreme Court ruling

Thursday, June 20, 2013
As the nation awaits the Supreme Court’s rulings on two high-profile marriage equality cases, several dozen Religious Right activists have signed on to a “Marriage Solidarity Statement” that was drafted by Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and Deacon Keith Fournier, vowing to resist any ruling favor of equality. [ Read more → ]
Brody Levesqua, LGBTQ NationPeter LaBarbera (at podium); holding sign at right is Patrick Mangan.

Anti-gay activists gather outside HRC headquarters to denounce Pride Month

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A group of leading anti-gay activists led by Peter LaBarbera, president of The Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), held a press conference in front of the Human Rights Campaign's national headquarters on Tuesday to denounce LGBT Pride month. [ Read more → ]
Matt-Barber

Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber compares gay adoption to having pets

Friday, May 31, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Liberty Counsel's Mathew D. Staver and Matt Barber, in their daily radio and web broadcast Tuesday, compared adoption by gay parents to having having pets. [ Read more → ]
anti-gay-cartoon

Matt Barber tweets homophobic cartoon of gay man tricking Boy Scout into sex

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
As one of the most nasty and mean-spirited figures of the Religious Right, it was no surprise to see Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel tweet this cartoon implying that a gay Boy Scout troop leader would sexually assault his scouts: [ Read more → ]
Michele Bachmann

Bachmann to headline conference of anti-gay, anti-women’s rights activists, birthers, truthers

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) will be joining some of the most extreme right-wing activists in the country at the upcoming Awakening 2013 conference, which is organized by the Liberty University-affiliated Liberty Counsel. [ Read more → ]
Matt-Barber

Matt Barber: Tolerance of homosexuality is ‘a cancer that brings down societies’

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
On Wednesday's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Matt Barber and Mat Staver once again made their case against marriage equality, with Barber declaring that tolerance "of all forms of sexual deviant behavior" is "a cancer that brings down societies" and linking it to the strange theory that gay marriage was the catalyst for Noah's flood. [ Read more → ]
Matt Barber

Matt Barber: Children of same-sex couples live in ‘disordered, dysfunctional households’

Thursday, March 28, 2013
Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber joined talk show host Sandy Rios today where he maintained that the children of same-sex couples are in “disordered and dysfunctional households where immorality is being modeled that is obviously not the gold standard and not the best environment for them.” [ Read more → ]
matt-barber

Barber, Staver: When the Constitution was written, homosexuality was a ‘crime against nature’

Monday, February 11, 2013
Mat Staver and Matt Barber were discussing the two amicus briefs that Liberty Counsel has filed with the Supreme Court for the hearings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, claiming that it is “absurd” to think that the Constitution guarantees any right to same-sex marriage because at the time the Constitution was written, homosexuality was widely considered to be a “crime against nature.” [ Read more → ]
Mat Staver

Liberty Counsel appeals ruling, calls limits on ex-gay therapy ‘child endangerment’

Friday, December 7, 2012
After a district court judge rejected their challenge of California’s law prohibits therapists from practicing dangerous sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors, Liberty Counsel has decided to appeal the ruling and has continued to portray the law as a boon to child predators. [ Read more → ]
liberty-counsel-300x205

Liberty Counsel unveils ‘meme’ likening gays to drug addicts

Thursday, December 6, 2012
As more conservatives argue that Religious Right groups need to take a more aggressive stance against the gay community in the wake of a disastrous election cycle, Liberty Counsel has come out with a meme maintaining that the government should treat gays and lesbians just like drug addicts. [ Read more → ]
Matt Barber

Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber: AIDS a metaphor of ‘God’s love for gays’

Saturday, December 1, 2012
Matt Barber, Director of Cultural Affairs for the anti-gay organization Liberty Counsel, marked World AIDS Day with a tweet on Friday declaring that AIDS is a metaphor of "God's love for gays," with a link to a photograph of a young AIDS victim on his deathbed. [ Read more → ]
matt-barber

Liberty Counsel opposes, but doesn’t understand, ‘Mix It Up Day’

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber and Steve Crampton weighed in to warn about the dangers of "Mix It Up" day ... despite obviously having absolutely no idea what it is actually about, as Crampton bizarrely asserted that it was a day "where boys can wear girls clothes [or] pretend to be homosexual." [ Read more → ]
CA-flag-licensed

Advocacy groups move to defend California’s ban on reparative therapy

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Two LGBT advocacy groups, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Equality California, filed court papers late Friday seeking to intervene in a federal lawsuit challenging the new California law protecting LGBT youth from "gay-to-straight" reparative therapy. [ Read more → ]
liberty-counsel

Staver, Barber: Banning ‘ex-gay’ therapy is like encouraging alcoholism, pedophilia, kleptomania

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver and Matt Barber said on the “Faith and Freedom” radio program Wednesday that banning therapists from seeking to turn gay kids straight is like requiring therapists to help people accept and embrace their alcoholism, pedophilia, or kleptomania. [ Read more → ]
california

‘Cured’ student, anti-gay groups sue California over ban on reparative therapy for minors

Friday, October 5, 2012
Therapists who purportedly counsel gay and lesbian patients into heterosexuality and two anti-gay organizations have filed lawsuits seeking an injunction against California's recently approved ban on reparative therapy for minors. [ Read more → ]
liberty-counsel-300x205

Anti-gay group threatens lawsuit over California’s ban on reparative therapy

Monday, October 1, 2012
Just two days after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill banning psychological therapy aimed at turning gay and lesbian youth straight — often referred to as reparative therapy -- the anti-gay organization Liberty Counsel announced Monday it is preparing a lawsuit aimed at preventing the law from taking effect. [ Read more → ]
Matt Barber

Matt Barber: Polygamy and incest are ‘inevitable’ if gay marriage is legalized

Thursday, August 23, 2012
On Wednesday’s “Faith and Freedom” program, Matt Barber declared that gay activists don’t actually want marriage equality but rather are interested in “deconstructing the Judeo-Christian notion of marriage as marriage has always been.” [ Read more → ]
Page 1 of 212