Anti-LGBT+ groups are now pushing voter suppression and anti-vax conspiracy theories

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04/11/2021

In an unsurprising development, a cluster of right-wing groups that actively campaign for anti-trans bills are also backing voter suppression and anti-vaccine conspiracies. New restrictions that could see tougher limits on early voter registration and voting by mail are now “at the heart of the right’s strategy to keep donors and voters engaged as Trump fades from public view and leaves a void in the Republican Party that no other figure or issue has filled”, the New York Times reports. Three conservative organisations and Christian legal groups – the Family Research Council, Alliance Defending Freedom and Heritage Foundation – are backing state-by-state attempts to restrict voting, with leaders speaking at a recent “Pray Vote Stand Townhall“. The first two are Southern Poverty Law Centre-designated anti-LGBT+ hate groups, with anti-abortion Christian law firm the Alliance Defending Freedom also behind a slew of recent anti-trans bills in dozens of US states. “We’ve got 106 election-related bills that are in 28 states right now,” Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, told the audience at the townhall. “So here’s the good news: There is action taking place to go back and correct what was uncovered in this last election,” Perkins claimed, referring to Donald Trump’s provenly false claims of electoral fraud.

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