Southern Poverty Law Center defends ‘hate group’ designation of Delgaudio group
The SPLC official, Heidi Beirich, would not comment directly on the specifics of the subpoena, but she repeated claims that Delgaudio has consistently attacked and demeaned gays, lesbians and immigrants through the nonprofit group he manages and founded, Public Advocate of the United States.
The SPLC is an internationally recognized civil rights nonprofit group based in Montogomery, Ala.
Charlie King, Delgaudio's attorney, announced Monday he will subpoena the SPLC later this week for information about the group's designation of Public Advocate. King said he is seeking an explanation about the “criteria, research and decision process used to designate Public Advocate a hate group.”
"The quality of the SPLC's work goes to the weight to be accorded the hate group designation,” King said in a prepared statement Monday. "Was the SPLC's decision to name Pubic Advocate a hate group made reluctantly, after careful study, or did some intern decide to send out a press release? This is an important question."
First reported by the Times-Mirror in 2012, SPLC listed Public Advocate as an “active hate group” in 2011 based on research compiled through hate group publications and websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports. According to the SPLC, “all hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”
Delgaudio often uses the term "radical homosexuals" in fundraising emails and he has referred to members of the LGBT community as "perverts."