“Libertarian” Koch Brothers Finance Group Protesting Gay Marriage at Supreme Court

The Koch brothers claim they are libertarian, but they also finance the group leading anti-gay marriage protests at the Supreme Court today.

(This post is from our new blog: Unofficial Sources.)

Concerned Women for America, an organization that hosted an anti-gay marriage rally outside the Supreme Court this morning, has received the great majority of its funding in recent years from Freedom Partners, the “secret bank” of Charles and David Koch.

Between November 2, 2011 and October 31, 2012, ahead of the presidential election, Freedom Partners gave over $8.1 million to the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, the organization’s 501(c)(4) arm. During approximately the same period, CWALAC brought in $8.7 million in total revenue. (In 2013 CWALAC continued to receive funding from Freedom Partners, though significantly less. Records after 2013 are not yet available.)

CWA’s mission is to “promote Biblical values among all citizens.” The protest today was held as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could extend same-sex marriage rights nationwide.

“God-designed marriage is a symbol of Christ and the Church,” said CWA president Penny Nance, according to an attendee of the event. Last year, CWA’s Alison Howard led a protest and warned, “It is far past the time that we reject the lie that homosexuality and redefining marriage has no consequences.”

The Koch brothers have been celebrated by some in the media as staunch “libertarians” who support gay rights. But the Koch’s verbal commitment to gay rights appears rather weak given their continued backing of leading anti-gay groups.

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