Naperville hate group loses tax exempt status

Thu. August 4, 2011 4:57 PM by News Staff

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

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.