Pacific Justice Institute

The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is a conservative legal defense organization based in California. The group, founded by attorney Brad W. Dacus, describes itself as focusing on representation relating to "...religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties." PJI was declared an anti-LGBT hate group in 2014 by the Southern Poverty Law Center due to the group's long history of anti-LGBT rhetoric through its founder. The group also represents workers opposed to their employers' vaccine mandates. 1) PJI supported Proposition 8, a 2008 California ballot initiative that defined marriage as one man and one woman. 2) PJI unsuccessfully opposed SB 1172, a 2012 California law that banned conversion therapy for children under 18. 3) PJI opposed the School Success and Opportunity Act, a 2013 California law which allows transgender public school students to use restrooms and play on sports teams that fit their gender identity. In 2013, Media Matters for America described the Pacific Justice Institute as the "LGBT Misinformer of The Year", because it had publicized a press release containing false claims against a transgender student that were based only on the complaints of an angry parent, as part of its campaign against the law. Media Matters stated that PJI "came pretty close to conceding" the story was not true.

Pacific Justice Institute | Southern Poverty Law Center
Hate Groups Rake In PPP Loans As Racial Justice Movement Expands
"On Monday, the Small Business Administration released the names of over 650,000 PPP beneficiaries that received $150,000 or more in forgivable loans from the agency. That list included anti-immigrant hate groups the Center for Immigration Studies and the Federation for American Immigration Reform, anti-Muslim hate group Center for Security Policy, and anti-LGBTQ hate groups the American Family Association, Liberty Counsel, and the Pacific Justice Institute."
Jul. 8, 2020
Pacific Justice Institute - RationalWiki
Dec. 27, 2016
Anti-Transgender Hate Group Pacific Justice Institute Fails Again
Dec. 25, 2015
Meet The Pacific Justice Institute, The California Group Behind Fox's Anti-LGBT Horror Stories
Oct. 31, 2013
Anti-LGBT Group Admits It Invented Story About Transgender Student Harassing Classmates
Oct. 17, 2013
Anti-Gay Pacific Justice Institute Fails Again
Jul. 18, 2012

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