Andrea Lafferty, president of anti-LGBT hate group the Traditional Values Coalition, last made a splash in the news in late 2017, when she injected herself into the scandal surrounding Arizona Republican Congressman Trent Franks, who’d offered to pay a former aide to be the surrogate mother of his child. It was an unusual move for Lafferty, in that this publicity stunt, wherein Lafferty offered her counsel to and indignation on behalf of Franks’ accuser (“I was angry that somebody who purports to be a conservative and Christian does such a terrible thing,” Lafferty told CNN), for once wasn’t directing vitriol at the LGBT or Muslim communities. The Traditional Values Coalition (TVC), founded in 1980 by Lafferty’s father, Presbyterian minister Louis Sheldon, was long a powerful and influential force in pushing the far right’s anti-LGBT agenda, and evolved to include peddling the anti-Muslim “creeping Shariah” myth. TVC once claimed to represent a network of 43,000 churches across the U.S., and Sheldon and Lafferty visited the White House during the George W. Bush administration a combined 69 times, meeting with the president personally on eight of those visits.
March 30 / SPLC