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04/19/2007


Lawyer with Anti-Gay Christian Litigation Group 'Alliance Defense Fund' Guilty of Child Porn Charges

Back in November I reported that Lisa Biron, a Manchester, New Hampshire lawyer associated with Alliance Defending Freedom (better and formerly known as the Alliance Defense Fund, an anti-gay Christian law group) was arrested on child pornography charges for videotaping her 14-year-old daughter having sex with two men on separate occasions.

BironBiron was found guilty last Thursday:

Lisa Biron, 43, of Manchester faces a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison after a jury convicted her yesterday. The jury deliberated for less than an hour.

Biron, arrested by the FBI last November, was accused of eight felony counts involving the videotaping of men having sex with a 14-year-old girl who was identified by the Associated Press as her daughter. She also allegedly made a cellphone video of herself having sex with her daughter.

Biron, who claimed on her Facebook page (which was taken down, according to the Concord Monitor) that the Bible was her favorite book, had worked with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), formerly the Alliance Defense Fund, in defending a Pentecostal church in Concord in a tax fight against the city.

Alliance Defending Freedom has scrubbed all references to Biron from their website and Facebook page.


Lawyer with Anti-Gay Christian Litigation Group 'Alliance Defense Fund' Arrested by FBI on Child Porn Charges

Lisa Biron, a Manchester, New Hampshire lawyer associated with Alliance Defending Freedom (better and formerly known as the Alliance Defense Fund, an anti-gay Christian law group) was arrested Friday morning on child pornography charges, the Concord Monitor reports:

BironA Manchester lawyer took a teenage girl to Canada, had her engage in sexual activity and convinced her to let it be filmed, according to federal indictments.

FBI agents swiftly arrested Lisa Biron yesterday morning as she awaited a hearing on child pornography charges at Manchester’s district court. About 9 a.m. FBI agents entered the courtroom, told Biron to leave her belongings and took her into an adjoining conference room where she remained for several minutes before coming out in handcuffs.

Agents also found 200 rounds of ammunition in Biron's home.

The paper adds:

In making her case that Biron should be held, Fitzgibbon also made the following allegations: Two witnesses have testified to seeing Biron in possession of ecstasy, marijuana and cocaine; Biron sent a threatening text message to the person who turned her in to the police, advising him he would have to watch his back “FOR EVER."; Biron sent a text to a friend saying she might flee to Cuba because she had “nothing left.”; Biron has asked people to lie to law enforcement about her case; Other juveniles have been subjected to Biron’s sexual activity and drug use.

And finally:

Biron is associated with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a group of lawyers who, according to their website, are committed to keeping “the door open for the spread of the Gospel” by advocating for “religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.” In Concord, she worked with the ADF in defending a Pentecostal Church on Mountain Road in its tax fight against the city.

More at the Monitor...


Three Lessons from North Carolina's Amendment One

BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN 

Vote Against Amendment 1Yesterday was a day of great loss. The odious Amendment One in North Carolina passed for a variety of reasons, including the un-Christian messages spewed forth by Christian messengers, a Republican base galvanized by social conservatives leaders who have hijacked the Republican party, confusing wording, ignorance, and just plain hatred.

Supporters admitted that racial supremacy was behind the need for Amendment One. The leading Republican in the State legislature said the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund drafted the language. And, then, of course, there were shrill screams that gay predators are hurting children.

Amendment One's language states: "A Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State."

It is striking for its breadth, encompassing not only gay marriages, but civil unions and other forms of domestic partnerships, and even undermining the validity of domestic violence protection laws. The new provision in the North Carolina State Constitution is also villainous, for its purposefully confusing syntax and for the clarity of its hateful message: No gays need apply!

This doubling down on discrimination offers us a teachable moment about the question for equality and honor for gay persons. It proves the importance of impact litigation, highlights the danger of allowing our rights to be subject to popular vote, and shows us why we should vote for President Obama and his progressive allies in Congress.

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Religious Freedom To Discriminate Under Assault In Alaska

Picture 28... and it's not just in Virginia. In Alaska, too, securing legal protections for gayfolk may prevent the free exercise of religion. From The Anchorage Daily News:

A national conservative Christian legal group says the gay rights initiative on Anchorage's April 3 city election ballot, coupled with existing Anchorage discrimination law, undercuts religious liberty.

... The initiative up for public vote would extend legal protections against discrimination to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Anchorage. Current law already prohibits discrimination in employment, loans, rentals, real estate deals and other activities on the basis of race, color, marital status, sex, religion, disabilities and the like. The initiative would add sexual orientation and transgender identity to the list.

... The main problem as the Alliance Defense Fund sees it is that private business owners could be forced to hire or do business with people whose sexual orientation doesn't match their religious beliefs, said Holly Carmichael, a lawyer for the fund.

"The ultimate concern with enacting something like that is that it infringes on religious freedoms," Carmichael said. "There's a huge constitutional concern here.

... Carmichael ... agree[s] that religious organizations are protected by an exemption already in city law that says religious institutions and groups can give preferential treatment to people of the same religion if they are, for example, hiring someone who will promote religious principles.

But that's not enough, apparently. Note how, in the above excerpt, the Daily News makes mention of pre-extant legislation prohibiting employment discrimination based on religion, which means that even now Anchorage Baptists must, in theory, be open to hiring voodoun secretaries. They do not seem to have suffered from the imposition.


Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/01/20/1992252/national-group-joins-fight-over.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/01/20/1992252/national-group-joins-fight-over.html#storylink

Watch: The Alliance Defense Fund Urges People to Pray That Prop 8 Isn't Overturned

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Anti-gay legal group Alliance Defense Fund is urging its supporters to get down on their knees and pray that Proposition 8 is not overturned today.

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