Rep. Jeter / ADF Background

(1) The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is a C3 Non-Profit that focuses on legal and legislative work promoting LGBT discrimination. Their history includes:

 

  • Alliance Defending Freedom has defended a law in Belize criminalizing homosexuality with up to ten years in prison. The Alliance Defending Freedom (until last year Alliance Defense Fund) is a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based legal organization founded in 1994 by 30 prominent Christian leaders in response to what they saw as ‘growing attacks on religious freedom.’ A powerhouse with an annual budget of more than $30 million, the ADF’s website says it works ‘tirelessly to advocate for the right of people to freely live out their faith in America and around the world.’… For three years, a ferocious legal and public relations battle has been waged in Belize, a Central American country of some 356,00 people, over an existing criminal statute that can lead to imprisonment for private sexual acts between consenting adults of the same sex. The fight is over the constitutionality of Section 53 of Belize’s criminal code, which prescribes a 10-year sentence for “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person or animal.” The ADF and a few other hard-line U.S.-based religious-right groups have joined this fight, providing legal and other advice to those seeking to keep LGBT sex illegal in as many countries as possible. Although Belize is small, the stakes of the legal battle are high. Belize is already a hotbed of anti-gay hatred in a region where a dozen other countries have similar anti-sodomy statutes on the books. Violence aimed at LGBT people is prevalent, and hatred for the LGBT community is apparent.” (Southern Poverty Law Center, 7/9/13)

 

  • In 2003, ADF challenged a law in Allentown, PA which banned housing discrimination against transsexual and homosexual residents, arguing that the law would lead to “sexual anarchy.” “Now the alliance and a lawyer trained by the group are joining to challenge an Allentown ordinance that protects homosexuals and transgendered people from discrimination. The challenge - which contends that Allentown does not have the power under state law to extend such protection - threatens to erase similar ordinances in Philadelphia, New Hope, and other Pennsylvania municipalities. ‘The battle we have to fight now is against an ethic that people should be able to do whatever they want sexually,’ said Jordan Lorence, senior counsel for the alliance. ‘The homosexuals seem to be the main advocates of this right now. I think this can lead to sexual anarchy.’” (Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/7/03)
  • ADF received media coverage after it helped write legislation in Arizona permitting businesses to discriminate against gay customers. “The bill, passed by both chambers of Arizona’s legislature, was vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer. As the Religion News Service noted on February 21, the principal drafters of the Arizona anti-gay segregation measure were the right-wing Center for Arizona Policy and the Scottsdale-based Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Spokespersons from both organizations have commented publicly on the bill, but media coverage has featured scant attention to the strident anti-LGBT positions taken by ADF in particular.” (Media Matters, 2/24/14)

(2) The NC House Republicans Are Pushing A New Anti-HB2 Website Featuring a Video From ADF

  • The Alliance Defending Freedom posted the video on their website and praised Gov. McCrory for his lawsuit over HB2. The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Kellie Fiedorek regarding North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s lawsuit filed Monday against the U.S. Department of Justice concerning the state’s student privacy law, known as HB2: “Americans deserve to be governed by those who uphold and follow the law. Instead, the Obama administration continues to illegally distort the law and ignore legal precedent to benefit powerful Washington lobbying groups at the expense of the people of North Carolina. The federal government is threatening North Carolina for lawfully enacting common-sense legislation that simply protects people’s privacy and respects the right of private businesses to set their own policies. The administration’s lawless attack on HB2 and its threat to economically harm the state by withholding millions of federal dollars is the latest attempt to coerce conformity with the administration’s political agenda. Gov. McCrory is to be commended for standing up for the people he represents and refusing to put a price tag on the privacy and safety of women and girls. All Americans should be thankful that we still have strong leaders like Gov. McCrory who don’t surrender to intimidation by politicians and bureaucrats in Washington.” (Alliance Defending Freedom, 5/9/16)

 

  • The NC House Republicans promoted the site and the link to the video on Twitter. (Twitter, 5/10/16)

 

  • The website Keep NC Kids Safe, which hosts the video produced by Alliance Defending Freedom, lists the NC House Republicans as the email contact and says, “Paid for by the North Carolina Republican Party.” All social media links on the site link to NC House Republican Caucus accounts (Keep NC Kids Safe Newsroom, accessed on 5/11/16).

 

Rep. Charles Jeter is in Charge of the NC House GOP Campaign Organization

  • Rep. Jeter elected Conference Chair, put in Charge of House Republicans’ Campaign for 2016. Huntersville Republican Charles Jeter was unopposed for conference chair, a post in which he’ll oversee campaigns and fundraising. Jeter told reporters that his new job will be overseeing the 2016 elections, “which started about 5 minutes ago,” he said. (Charlotte Observer 11/22/14)

 

  • Rep. Jeter Supervises Campaign Staff “Jim’s wealth of experience and track record will be valuable to our team of candidates,” Rep. Charles Jeter, a Republican from Huntersville who as the conference chair will supervise Burton, said in a statement. (News and Observer 11/3/15)

 

  • Rep. Jeter remains in Charge of the NC House Republicans’ Campaign Operation “The reality is that HB2 hurts,” said state Rep. Charles Jeter, the GOP lawmaker responsible for maintaining his party’s majority in the state legislature. (Politico 5/9/16)
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