During the presentation, ADF attorney Erik Stanley told the audience that "the end game of the homosexual legal agenda is unfettered sexual liberty and the silencing of all dissent." After lamenting the fact that television shows like Modern Family had "normalized homosexual behavior," Stanley went on to claim that the "narrative" of Matthew Shepard's brutal murder had been "debunked":Oh and I think I finally found the "gay agenda" as per Stanley, After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90's. I may now have to purchase this book to see exactly what my role in this agenda may be. Although I think it may be a much simpler act of gay persons coming out of the closet than an assumption of massive organization and strategy. (From my brief digging into the matter of said book, the consensus seems to be that the enclosed article was expanded to "make" the book.)
Denying the story of Matthew Shepard's murder is a popular tactic for conservatives who want to deny that gay people face harassment, discrimination, and violence. It's also a talking point that's been thoroughly debunked by experts familiar with Shepard's murder.
ADF has been at the center of nearly every major media story about the supposed threat LGBT equality poses to religious liberty over the past several months. The group frequently represents business owners and individuals suing for the right to discriminate against LGBT customers, making it Fox News' go-to source for anti-LGBT legal commentary.
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