DOJ Hires New Spokeswoman Who Worked for Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group

Thursday December 6, 2018

There's been another shuffled in Washington this week: This time, the U.S. Department of Justice hired a new spokesman, who previously worked for the Southern Poverty Law designed anti-LGBTQ hate group the Alliance Defending Freedom.

Kerri Kupec was named the director of the D.O.J.'s Office of Public Affairs, The Daily Beast reports. She's replacing Sarah Isgur Flores, who moved to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's office, sources told the newspaper.

While at the Alliance Defending Freedom, Kupec was in charge of East Coast and Supreme Court media operations. According to The Daily Beast, she "spent some time at the White House helping with Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmations to the Supreme Court."

Here's what the SPLC says about the Alliance Defending Freedom:

Founded by some 30 leaders of the Christian Right, the Alliance Defending Freedom is a legal advocacy and training group that has supported the recriminalization of homosexuality in the U.S. and criminalization abroad; has defended state-sanctioned sterilization of trans people abroad; has linked homosexuality to pedophilia and claims that a "homosexual agenda" will destroy Christianity and society. ADF also works to develop "religious liberty" legislation and case law that will allow the denial of goods and services to LGBT people on the basis of religion. Since the election of President Donald Trump, the ADF has become one of the most influential groups informing the administration's attack on LGBT rights working with an ally in Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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