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Anti-LGBTQ Group Protests at SCOTUS, Vows to End Marriage Equality

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Members of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality are also gunning for the proposed Equality Act, which would ban anti-LGBTQ discrimination nationally.

An anti-LGBTQ hate group took to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to call for marriage equality to be overturned and promised to challenge the Equality Act in court.

At a rally featuring supposed ex-gay and ex-trans speakers, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality founder Peter LaBarbera stood in front of a rainbow-colored sign calling for justices to "Repeal Obergefell."

"Four years ago today, the Supreme Court of the United States imposed homosexual so-called 'marriage' on the nation," LaBarbera said, according to right-wing site LifeSite News. "The Supreme Court did something that it did not have the authority to do, which is to redefine marriage. This tragic ruling is immoral, unconstitutional, and imperious."

The infamous homophobe also cited the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and promised to expose the "truth" about the LGBTQ movement. But LaBarbera definitely has his sights set on nullifying marriage equality.

"We want to make Obergefell notorious as Roe v. Wade," he said. Antigay social conservatives like LaBarbera are encouraged by the addition of two conservatives, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, to the high court.

LaBarbera vowed to continue seeking legal challenges not just against the marriage ruling but to stop the Equality Act, which would ban anti-LGBTQ workplace and housing discrimination.

That legislation, which has been passed by the U.S. House, "would turn a sexual sin into a supposed civil right," according to LaBarbera.

The AFTAH group has a long history in court, and in 2010 had its tax-exempt status revoked. The Southern Poverty Law Center has classified the organization as a hate group. Indeed, a number of virulently antigay figures including homophobic preacher and politician Scott Lively spoke at the event.

Many activists laid out their legal objections to the Equality Act, saying they would legally challenge whether rights for LGBTQ citizens can be enshrined in law. Lawyers for the group said they would challenge the idea that people were born gay and deal with whether they could leave "the lifestyle."

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