Profiles on the Right: American Center for Law & Justice


The American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ), one of the principal legal advocacy groups of the Christian Right, pursues an aggressively homophobic, sexist, and Islamophobic agenda. Based in Washington, D.C., it helped draft the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriage from 1996 until the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional in 2013. ACLJ has also defended the ban by the Boy Scouts on openly gay scouts and scoutmasters, stoked fears about the rise of sharia law in the United States, and opposed the Affordable Care Act.

Televangelist Pat Robertson founded ACLJ in 1990 as a counterweight to the American Civil Liberties Union, which he believed was eroding “family values.” With an annual budget of more than $17 million (2012), ACLJ collaborates with several other organizations that aim to infuse U.S. law with Christian Right values.

For more details, see American Culture Warriors in Africa: A Guide to the Exporters of Homophobia and Sexism.

Africa Profiles ArrowAmerican Center for Law and Justice
P.O. Box 90555
Washington, DC 20090-0555