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Alliance Defending Freedom is among the nation’s most respected and successful Supreme Court advocates working to preserve the fundamental freedoms of speech and religion for all Americans. By God’s grace and with the support of our allies, ADF has achieved 11 victories at the U.S. Supreme Court since 2011 and has played roles in 60 Supreme Court victories over the last quarter century. ADF has also secured over 400 victories protecting the free speech rights of students on college campuses. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, some opponents distribute false information in the form of smear attacks against ADF.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a primary source of those smear attacks. Once a respected civil rights organization, the SPLC is corrupt, embraces a blatant partisan agenda, and its discredited fundraising scheme smears organizations that hold views with which its donors disagree.

We have biblically-based views on marriage, human sexuality, and sanctity of life, and while we will always defend the right of others to disagree, we also believe that the public deserves accurate information, including ADF’s responses to these smear attacks.

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ADF believes that all people are made in the image of God and that everyone is worthy of dignity and respect. While ADF takes legal and policy positions that are informed by a biblically-based understanding of marriage, human sexuality, and the sanctity of life, we respect the human dignity of those with whom we disagree and win legal cases that also protect their freedom to express and advocate for their beliefs.

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ADF condemns forced sterilization of any person. This bogus claim originated at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which deliberately spread false information about ADF International’s legal brief supporting the rights of European countries to establish their own laws, rather than have them imposed by international courts acting outside their jurisdiction. The legal brief had nothing to do with forced sterilization. Again, this claim is utterly and completely false.

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ADF has never supported the passage of laws criminalizing homosexuality.

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ADF believes adults should be free to access therapy – where a counselor listens, talks, and gives emotional support and advice – to make changes in any area of their lives. The purpose of therapy is, in fact, to help people make changes they desire in their life. Despite this, governments are increasingly passing laws that threaten the freedom of individuals and families to obtain counseling and other services that help them achieve their own goals and objectives. Laws that outlaw certain counseling goals—such as seeking personal life changes related to one’s sexual attractions or gender identity—deny people the help they desire and interfere with the counselor-client relationship.

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ADF does not seek to restrict the freedom of secular groups to place children by their own standards, within the law. ADF believes that marriage is between one man and one woman. While so many single moms or dads are truly incredible parents to their children, we believe that children flourish best when they are raised by a loving mom and dad. The U.S. Supreme Court has acknowledged twice since 2015 that these beliefs are held by reasonable people, based on decent and honorable religious and philosophical premises, and constitutionally protected. Despite this, some partisan activists are urging the government to shut down faith-based adoption and foster care providers who hold these beliefs and place children consistent with them.

ADF is working in this area to support laws and to seek court rulings that allow faith-based adoption agencies to continue their vital work serving children, families, and birth moms. Excluding faith-based providers from the system will not help a single child. To the contrary, doing so will almost certainly hurt scores of vulnerable children. Faith-based organizations and networks excel at recruiting foster parents, especially for populations that are traditionally difficult to place, such as large sibling groups, older children, and children with special needs. At a time when there is a national shortage of adoptive and foster families, everyone should be able to agree that more diverse provider networks recruiting more loving homes is in the best interest of all children.

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ADF’s position is that the horrendous crime of sexual abuse of children may be committed by persons of any demographic. Individuals who commit crimes, not groups, are the ones who should be held accountable for those crimes.

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In our opinion, the agenda that threatens society is that which aims to eliminate Americans’ freedom to live according to their faith and to express their views. This agenda does not come from any one demographic of people; it is being driven by left-wing activists.


To learn the truth about ADF’s core values, mission and our work, we encourage you to visit www.IamADF.org