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SPLC Report Shows Anti-Gay Hate Groups on the Rise

The following post comes from HRC Digital Media Team Member Eric Cameron:

A recent report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) shows the number of hate groups in the United States growing for the twelfth straight year.

The civil rights group counted 1,018 active hate groups in the United States in 2011. They specifically noted a 60 percent increase in the number of anti-gay hate groups, from 17 in 2010 to 27 last year.

SPLC Senior Fellow Mark Potok writes that advances last year in LGBT rights – such as the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and growing support for marriage equality in New York and across the country – may have fueled the rise in anti-LGBT hate. “It was precisely these advances that seemed to set off a furious rage on the religious right, with renewed efforts to ban or repeal marriage equality and what seemed to be an intensification of anti-gay propaganda in certain quarters,” writes Potok.

The SPLC designates hate groups based on “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” Their list is compiled using hate group websites and publications, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports.

You can view full report for 2011 here.

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