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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Anti-Gay Americans for Truth Didn't Intend to Register with IRS as Pro-Gay Rights Organization

Peter LaBarbera from Americans for Truth returned from earlier this week. I had called to see if Mitch Romney's campaign taking down the press release attacking Brian Camenker was enough, or whether they still wanted the formal apology. LaBarbera said the press release was up again, and he thought Romney was trying to play both sides of this issue. I'd have to agree with that. Pam Spaulding has more on this website scrubbing and reverse scrubbing by the Romney campaign.

I also asked LaBarbera about this.

I didn't realize that the actual name for Americans for Truth is Americans for Truth about Homosexuality. I suppose that is what AFTAH stands for, but why don't they put their full title in their website? I think when this group is mentioned the full legal title should be used. What also really made me angry is that when I looked this organization up in GuideStar (a source of information about non-profit organizations), their 'National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities,' code is R26--Lesbian/Gay Rights. These NTEE codes are used to help people search for non-profit organizations. And get this--this code of R26 is used for "R20 Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups"! So Americans for Truth about Homosexuality claim to be a civil rights group for lesbians and gays!

The section for R26 is reserved for: "Organizations that support the passage and enforcement of laws and other social measures that protect and promote the rights and interests of individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered."

LaBarbera said the IRS made the mistake, and that the anti-gay Americans for Truth did not intend to register as a GLBT civil rights group.