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Naperville hate group loses tax exempt status

Naperville, IL — The hate group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), based in west suburban Naperville, has lost its tax-exempt status. 

Peter LaBarbera of AFTAH
Peter LaBarbera of AFTAH
According to ExGayWatch, an LGBT watchdog group, as of June 10 donations to the organization will not be considered tax-exempt after losing 501(c)3 status for "failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years."

Despite being labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the group headed by Peter LaBarbera had maintained its tax-free non-profit status since 2006.

According to the watchdog group, LaBarbera received a salary of $75,000 in 2009. 

LaBarbera's group is working to repeal Illinois' civil unions law and amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage and its equivalent.

The 47-year-old LaBarbera has a long history in Illinois' anti-gay movement. Prior to founding AFTAH, he lead the Illinois Family Institute, a group that worked to get anti-gay referenda on the Illinois state ballot. In 2006, he resigned from the Illinois Family Institute and re-launched his anti-gay message as Americans For Truth About Homosexuality. 

He has also been employed by the anti-women's right organization, Concerned Women for America and was a reporter for the conservative Washington Times newspaper.

LaBarbera continues to bill himself as a credible source for media outlets on anti-gay issues. 
Yayyyy!!! I live in Naperville and this is music to my ears! :) Now if only we can get them to move to Wheaton...
Posted by Pati Di on Thu, 8/4/2011 5:30 PM
I hope they go bankrupt!
Posted by Gina Simmons on Thu, 8/4/2011 5:35 PM
Bout time!
Posted by Rick A Kautz on Thu, 8/4/2011 6:04 PM
Does this mean we can open a nice gay bar in downtown naperville now? ;)
Posted by Christopher Burton on Thu, 8/4/2011 6:40 PM
Naperville can totally use a gay bar. There aren't any in the area. If I had the money I would totally open one here.
Posted by John Simon on Thu, 8/4/2011 7:45 PM
We might need to petition the city board but I'm in and if we can open a "show me"s establishment in town then a gay bar should be no problem, right? ;)
Posted by Pati Di on Thu, 8/4/2011 9:20 PM
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