Kim Davis' Lawyer Behind States' Anti-LGBT Laws (Video)

| by Michael Allen
Kim Davis with Mat StaverKim Davis with Mat Staver

The Liberty Counsel, a Christian law firm based in Orlando, Florida, is helping draft anti-LGBT laws in at least 20 states (video below).

Mat Staver, the head of the Liberty Counsel, made headlines in 2015 when he defended Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk Kim Davis when she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay people, despite the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex marriage was completely legal.

CBS News reports that laws have sprung up around the country to ban LGBT people from bathrooms (based on gender identity), and to deny them business services and employment based on the religious beliefs of company owners.

"It is only about being free to pursue your faith," Staver told CBS News. "We have no interest in discriminating against anyone."

Staver has a long history of anti-gay statements, noted in 2015.

"There's certainly a thread of information that is similar and the same," Staver added. "They all have the same intent and that is to protect religious freedom."

However, opponents say that this kind of religious freedom goes beyond religious belief, and denies LGBT people equal rights.

The Liberty Counsel's bills began appearing in states soon after same-sex marriage was legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015.

"Well, I certainly want to push back against the ruling," Staver admitted. "It was a wrong ruling. It has no basis in the constitution."

Staver said that corporate threats to boycott states with these laws are a "bluff," but cited boycotts of North Carolina because of its new anti-LGBT law: PayPal canceled its plans to build a headquarters in Charlotte; New Jersey-based Braeburn Pharmaceuticals may not build a research facility in the state; five federal agencies may withhold funds; Deutsche Bank withdrew plans to expand its technology center, and major sporting events may be axed.

Sources: CBS News,, / Photo credit: CBS News via YouTube

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