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Arizona state government raised over a million dollars for anti-LGBTI group

Arizona state government raised over a million dollars for anti-LGBTI group

Arizona license plate making money for hate group alliance defending freedom

The Arizona state government has been selling specialty license plates on behalf of notorious anti-LGBTI group, Alliance Defending Freedom.

Each sale of the In God We Trust license plates benefits the organization. This is a group that files legal challenges against nondiscrimination protections – focusing on sexuality and gender identity.

With the plate selling for $25 (22EUR), $17 (15EUR) goes to Alliance Defending Freedom. This has led to the government raising over a million dollars for the organization.

The organization has been labelled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In the past, they have linked homosexuality to pedophilia, claimed the ‘homosexual agenda’ will destroy Christianity and society, and condemned same-sex marriage.

Their international branch also unsuccessfully tried to defend a law in France requiring the forced sterilization of trans people.

‘Extremist hate group’ 

Most people will recognize them as the organization that supported anti-LGBTI baker Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop who refused to make a cake for a gay wedding.

Under the current laws, the state government does not need to disclose where the money is going. State Senator Juan Mendez has proposed bill SB1462, which would require the Department of Transportation to maintain a database with the name and mission of everyone receiving funds from specialty license plates.

In a statement to The Friendly Atheist, Mendez said: ‘State dollars should not be funding an organization that works to strip residents of our state of their human rights and human dignity. It’s appalling that we’ve already sent over a million dollars to this extremist hate group.’

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