Forget wedding cakes. ADF now wants to keep transgender women out of homeless shelters.

Sep 21, 2018

By Zack Ford

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the hate group challenging LGBTQ protections all over the country, has a new client: the Downtown Soup Kitchen (“Hope Center”) in Anchorage, Alaska. Because the charity wants permission to refuse to shelter transgender women, ADF argues in a federal lawsuit that the city’s entire nondiscrimination law should be declared unconstitutional.

The suit was filed last month but only came to light in the past week, and ADF’s lack of publicity about the case is a relevant part of the case. On its face, it’s a response to a specific complaint of alleged discrimination, similar to the cases ADF has taken defending bakers, florists, and photographers who have been found in violation of nondiscrimination ordinances for not serving same-sex couples. But this particular response is actually a messy overreach mirroring ADF’s other pre-enforcement challenges that seek to override all LGBTQ protections in the name of “religious liberty.”

The Anchorage Equal Rights Commission currently has two complaints open against the Hope Center that it has not yet adjudicated. The first is a complaint filed by a transgender woman earlier this year, after she claimed having been twice refused shelter at the Hope Center. The shelter actually had perfectly plausible reasons for these two refusals. On the first occasion, the woman reportedly was drunk — a violation of the shelter’s admissions policy. On the second occasion the following day, she sought admission at a time when the shelter was closed.

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2 comments on “Forget wedding cakes. ADF now wants to keep transgender women out of homeless shelters.

  • @OP – The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the hate group challenging LGBTQ protections all over the country, has a new client: the Downtown Soup Kitchen (“Hope Center”) in Anchorage, Alaska. Because the charity wants permission to refuse to shelter transgender women, ADF argues in a federal lawsuit that the city’s entire nondiscrimination law should be declared unconstitutional.

    With the cognitive dissonance of faith-thinking, it seems easy to dress up discriminatory denial of freedom for minority groups to use communal facilities, as some sort of “freedom”!
    Freedom to abuse others is bigot-directed petty hate, not freedom for the community!
    Perhaps the charitable status of this uncharitable organisation, should be rescinded.

  • @OP – The shelter actually had perfectly plausible reasons for these two refusals.
    On the first occasion, the woman reportedly was drunk —
    a violation of the shelter’s admissions policy.
    On the second occasion the following day, she sought admission at a time when the shelter was closed.

    These would seem to be reasonable for refusing admission to anyone, but then the question arises as to why the hate group has become involved!

    @OP link – the Hope Center’s then-lawyer, Kevin Clarkson, admitted that in addition to the plausible reasons for refusing the woman entry, the Hope Center is a religious organization that would never allow a “biological man” to be sheltered there.
    This prompted the commission’s second complaint against both the shelter and Clarkson’s law firm for advertising an intention to discriminate, which also violates the city’s ordinance.

    This is of course a clear example of ignorant bigotry discriminating against transgender of intersex citizens!

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