HRC: Top Anti-Gay Marriage Donor in Maryland Is ‘Active White Supremacist’
The Human Rights Campaign on Thursday called on the Maryland Marriage Alliance to return a $10,000 donation by Michael Peroutka, an alleged active white supremacist and secessionist sympathizer who was one of the three largest individual donors to the campaign against marriage equality in Maryland.
HRC also called on the Maryland Catholic Conference, which played a leading role in founding the Maryland Marriage Alliance, to publicly denounce Peroutka’s donation. Peroutka is an active member of the League of the South, a neo-Confederate, secessionist organization labeled an “explicitly racist” hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
“This is just the latest evidence that no matter how equality opponents try and cloak their work, their efforts are often driven and funded by hate,” said HRC Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz. “As support for equality becomes increasingly mainstream and funding for our opposition dries up, anti-equality groups are increasingly forced to rely on the donations of a few extremist individuals and groups who often push hateful agendas.”