After news broke last week that the U.S. State Department was sending listed anti-LGBT group C-FAM as part of America’s delegation to a United Nations conference, the government has now said it’s working with the group because it provides “diverse viewpoints”.
The Southern Poverty Law Center designated C-FAM (Center for Family and Human Rights) as an anti-LGBT hate group in 2014.
The group has attacked the “homosexual agenda”. To learn more about C-FAM’s problematic president, Austin Ruse, read our story here.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is responsible for the delegation.
This week, acting State Department spokesperson Mark Toner defended the group’s ties to the government in an interview with the Washington Blade.
“The United States does seek to include individuals from civil society organizations with diverse viewpoints and allow them to observe the U.N. in action during the Commission on the Status of Women,” he said.
He also, however, insisted that activists are “not authorized to negotiate or speak on behalf of the United States”.
Writes the Blade:
OutRight Action International has accused C-FAM of violating federal ethics laws with its fundraising appeal.
C-FAM’s recent mailout pointed to their presence at the UN conference, ending, “Support us right now”.