The LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign and the Southern Poverty Law Center are standing by their decision to label conservative group Family Research Council a "hate" group even as some in their camp back away. But they say it's not because FRC simply opposes same-sex marriage. FRC is "hateful" because it links gay people to pedophiles, they claim.
HRC and SPLC also argue that the "hate" label should stick – even in the wake of a shooting that took place at the FRC headquarters last week – because the conservative group wants to expel gays from the U.S.
But are those claims true?
FRC, which champions traditional marriage and religious freedom, released a document this week refuting the charges of "hate."
"FRC has never said, and does not believe, that most homosexuals are child molesters," the group says in its document.